But the “hillbilly” hit on Sessions could be another possible sign of brewing trouble with Trump’s supporters in the South. Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump In The White House,” claims the president has mocked Sessions’ southern accent, called him a “dumb southerner,” and derided him as “mentally retarded.” Digs against the intelligence of southerners particularly rankle people in the South, regardless of their position on the former Alabama senator.
The White House has denied Woodward’s claims.
But a Page Six editor told The New York Times last week that Trump referred to the Georgia family of his ex-wife Marla Maples as “dumb southerners.” He even spoke in a fake southern accent to mock Maples’ mother, editor Jeane MacIntosh told the Times. He compared Maples’ relatives to the family of rubes who move to Beverly Hills in the TV sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Some miffed Republican senators have already spoken up for the intelligence of southerners in the wake of the Woodward revelations.