On Friday night, Donald Trump headlined a rally in Alabama, where the president continued his campaign against Hillary Clinton. "If Crooked Hillary got elected, you would not have a Second Amendment, believe me," he said. "You'd be handing in your rifles. You'd be saying, 'Here, here, here they are.' You'd be turning over your rifles."
As if on cue, the audience began chanting, "Lock her up." Trump, bemused, responded, "You've got to speak to Jeff Sessions about that."
It was a reminder that the president, who threw an Oval Office tantrum in the spring in which he called Sessions an "idiot," still isn't pleased with his attorney general. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump told a group of supporters last night about his dissatisfaction with the Alabama Republican.
At the dinner with conservative leaders, Mr. Trump expressed frustration with Mr. Sessions' March decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's probe of Russian election meddling, according to three people present for the conversation.
"You could feel it dripping with venom," one dinner guest said. "It was something else."
As the article described the context, a guest asked the president a policy question, when "his mood appeared to shift." Trump encouraged the attendee to direct the question to the attorney general's office, before adding, "He recused himself on Russia, which he should never have done."
This was just the latest in a series of angry complaints Trump has made about Sessions, and last night served as a reminder that the president clearly isn't letting this go.
But let's not overlook the point driving the presidential whining: Trump seems to realize that the Russia scandal represents an existential crisis for his administration, and he's outraged because Sessions isn't in a position to make the problem go away.