According to a new book by famed journalist Bob Woodward, Donald Trump mocked Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Southern accent and called him “mentally retarded” in a conversation with a White House aide.
The book was obtained by The Washington Post, and it details how Trump lashed out at Sessions, who he has repeatedly criticized for recusing himself from the Russian investigation while speaking with then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner,” Trump reportedly told Porter while using a southern accent. “He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Trump reportedly called Sessions a “traitor” for not overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Woodward, a veteran journalist known for his reporting on the Nixon-era Watergate scandal as well as a series of tell-all books on past administrations led by presidents of both parties, is releasing his new book on Sept. 11.
“Fear: Trump in the White House” reportedly offers a detailed account of the inner workings of the Trump administration.
Woodward’s account is based on “hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents.”
The book’s release date comes less than two months before the midterm elections.
Twitter had some thoughts:
Of *course* Trump insults people by calling them "mentally retarded." We've already seen him cruelly mock disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski. But that's just the beginning of the horrific revelations in Bob Woodward's new book. https://t.co/IbMr59Adl0 pic.twitter.com/8QXQS9hPP1
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 4, 2018
Any Southerners (e.g., Texans) who plan to vote for a Trump surrogate this fall (e.g., Cruz), should mull over the implication of this Trump statement made in a Southern accent: “This guy Sessions is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner."
— Michael Hillmann (@RiversideCraig) September 4, 2018
“This guy is mentally retarded," Trump said of Sessions. "He's this dumb southerner," Trump told Porter, mocking Sessions by feigning a southern accent.
Trump said that Priebus is "like a little rat. He just scurries around."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 4, 2018
"Trump told Porter that Sessions was a 'traitor' for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation….Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added, 'This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner.… He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama'"
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) September 4, 2018
Trump requesting to kill Assad, calling Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded," Kelly calling Trump an "idiot," Gary Cohn stealing papers off the president's desks so he didn't withdraw from NAFTA. The details in this book are like 10X more explosive than Fire and Fury
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) September 4, 2018