READ: Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ Claims Donald Trump Said Jeff Sessions Is a ‘Dumb Southerner’

The truth comes out.

President Donald Trump holds deep contempt for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. In his book, Woodward writes that Trump referred to Sessions as a “traitor” and “dumb Southerner.”

Excerpts of Fear were published by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

Woodward writes that while speaking to then-staff secretary Rob Porter, Trump said Sessions was a “traitor” for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Trump reportedly mocked Sessions’ accent, calling him “mentally retarded.” The president added:

He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.

Trump’s treatment of Sessions is an affront to his conservative base, a voting bloc that dominates the South and helped propel Trump to victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump swept the former Confederacy – including Sessions’ home state of Alabama and its neighbors Mississippi and electoral-rich Florida – in large part because of southern white voter turnout.

Sessions has drawn the ire of Trump as Mueller’s team of prosecutors close in on the president. Most recently on Monday, Trump berated Sessions on Twitter for pursuing criminal charges against two Republican Congressman who supported his presidential run.

“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in,” Sessions later responded in a statement. “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has described Trump’s relationship with Sessions as “beyond repair.”

Retiring Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker responded by saying Trump’s treatment of Sessions is “unbecoming of a 71 or 72-year-old president.”

Corker wasn’t alone.

Social media users threw Trump’s words back into his face.

Others within the president’s inner orbit were also subject to his insults, Woodward claims.

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