Donald Trump has forcefully insisted that the latest book detailing the chaos, tensions, and name-calling at the heart of his White House is nothing more than a compilation of lies. But at least one of the broadsides he leveled against a member of his team has been confirmed by numerous sources. The president definitely believes—and has said so out loud—that his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is a “retard.”
Two people with direct knowledge of Trump’s comments tell The Daily Beast that they have heard the president mock Sessions—a frequent target of his cyber-bullying and degradation—as mentally deficient, personally annoying, and “retarded” and a “retard.”
This corroborates a minor, though eyebrow-raising, detail featured in veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, the release of which is currently causing intense heartburn in Trump’s West Wing. In Woodward’s latest offering, Trump complained about his attorney general recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and potential coordination with Trump associates.
Labelling him a “traitor” for his recusal in the Russia probe. Trump then made fun of Sessions’s Southern accent, and reportedly said, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner…He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
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