Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

LPR Memo to Mark Meadows, Chief of Staff to the President

June 5, 2020 --

Please instruct the president as to the continued relevance of the Eleventh Commandment, given Republicans by President Ronald Reagan.  As I recall this commandment states:

Republicans will not speak ill of other Republicans.  I call this commandment to your attention because recently President Trump has been speaking out against Jeff Sessions, seeking to return to the U.S. Senate from Alabama.   

The president is backing Mr..Sessions' opponent, Tommy Tuberville, who has been head football coach at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and the University of Cincinnati. 

Why is the president 1) commenting on this primary race, ,and 2) violating President Reagan's commandment?   As my late father, Sol Zukerman, would say, "no good can come of this."   

If Sessions wins the GOP nomination, his Democratic opponent, Senator Doug Jones, can simply attack Sessions by quoting the president. 

If Tuberville wins, he can be attacked for needing the president's intervention in the primary to gain the nomination. Can't see how this intrusion will do anything other than get Sen. Jones re-elected.

I realize the president is angry with Sessions over his insistence in stepping away from the Russiagate probe.  But if he hadn't recused himself, he would likely have been attacked constantly by the Democrats. 

While he is on the president's  side, it is unlikely that he would have been as strong as Attorney General Barr has been, standing up for the Constitution as the way to defend the president. 

Please advise the president that when it comes to Republican primary battles, the president should neither be seen, nor heard -- until the prinmary voters have chosen their nominee. 

Any White House aide who doesn't know this, has, seems to me,  no business being a White House aide.