I’ve been writing about abnormal things in this space since the election last November. I’m doing it mostly to keep track of how the knot that is normalcy is slipping, and to remind myself — and maybe you too — that, no matter which political party you affiliate yourself with, it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’ll be honest, everything I have written about so far has been pretty bad. But, what happened beginning on Tuesday evening was by far the worst.
The president, worried about a lack of loyalty — over honesty and competence — from his FBI Director, and afraid of a more aggressive investigation into his own ties to Russian intelligence agents, fired James Comey. Make no mistake, this is mafia don behavior.
In doing so, he had his own personal bodyguard — not a Secret Service agent, mind you, but his body man from New Jersey — deliver Comey’s termination letter to FBI Headquaterts. The problem was, Comey wasn’t there. This is a violation of established presidential norms.
Comey ended up learning about his firing from a news news broadcast playing in the background on a television while he was making a speech to field agents in Las Angeles.
Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions, who had previously recused himself from the Russia investigation took responsibility for the decision to fire Comey. But, if Sessions had really recused himself from the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, then he shouldn’t be the one making this kind of decision.
Trump also asked Comey’s deputy to take responsibility for the decision to terminate the FBI Director, but he refused.
The president also said that he fired Comey because of how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s non-secure email server, even though he had previously praised Comey for his handling of the very same investigation.
Kellyanne Conway then told Anderson Cooper that Trump’s contradictory statements about Comey’s handling of Clinton’s emails weren’t really a contradiction because the statements were made at different points in time. She also said that the president’s decisions were not the media’s (nor, I presume, the American people’s) business.
Then, Trump pivoted, and said he fired Comey because he was a “showboat” (whatever that means).
And, while this was unfolding, and the media sought a comment from the White House press office, Sean Spicer hid in the bushes. Seriously. He hid in the bushes.
And, guess what? This isn’t even the end of the story; it continues to unfold.
What a gong show.
It’s Friday, the 12th of May, 2017.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end of the Dear Leader Reality show,
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