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Humiliation as a Tool of Personnel Policy

Obviously, and as has already been noted in this space, the way Trump is treating Jeff Sessions is just wrong. No one deserves this, let alone an early Trump-endorser who is pushing some of the central elements of the Trump agenda. But it looks like Trump is trying to humiliate Sessions into resigning and if that doesn’t work, will fire him. Perhaps the pro-Sessions rescue operation now being mounted by conservatives will stay Trump’s hand. Otherwise, he’s going to risk collapsing the top echelon of his Justice department, and causing a political storm that could have lasting consequences for his agenda and his standing with his party.