About a month ago, on the heels of the mass shooting in Orlando, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions raised a few eyebrows by arguing that the murders weren’t related to the LGBT community.
Nearly five weeks later, Sessions told MSNBC, in the wake of the murder of five police officers in Dallas, that he was concerned that officers “Let their guard down.”
When MSNBC asked about how a Trump administration might handle these kinds of situations, Sessions initially talked about singling out the most effective police departments as a model for others to follow, before taking his answer in a stranger direction.
“This is done not through America having a terrible unemployment problem. It’s done through having a vibrant, strong nation where people help each other. And I think Donald Trump will bring 10 million new jobs to America. And we desperately need GDP growth and jobs.”
I watched the clip a few times, trying to make heads or tails of this, but I’m still not sure what Sessions is trying to say.
Since the end of the recession, the U.S. economy has created 14 million jobs, but that hasn’t stopped mass shootings.
Addressing societal challenges like these is incredibly difficult, but to assume that Trump has a solution, and that Trump can lower unemployment beyond Obama’s successes, is a mistake.
Postscript: Following up on our recent coverage, for those unfamiliar with Sessions’ background, in 2014, Sessions became strikingly confused about what a “Witch hunt’ is. The year before, Sessions said he believes it’s”immoral” to extend jobless aid to “long-term unemployments [sic].
” Last year, the Texas Republican said he holds President Obama “personally accountable” for murders committed by undocumented immigrants, pointing to imaginary evidence.