Trump has recently tweeted out about James B. Comey, former FBI director, calling him an “untruthful slime ball.”
Comey wrote a memoir titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which is a critique on the Trump administration. In it, Comey discusses what it was like to be a mob prosecutor and described Trump as a mafia boss. He did so by stating: “The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some people of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”
He also was able to discuss a dinner in 2017 in which Trump asked him to take a loyalty pledge, which raised confusion and anger in many citizens.
Comey was fired by Trump in May of 2017, which triggered the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election and of whether or not Trump tried to stifle the investigation.
This isn’t the first time that Comey and Trump have gone at each other. They’ve previously insulted each other through angry tweets — Trump has described Comey as “weak” and a “terrible Director,” while Comey wrote in his book that Trump’s face was “slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.” This conflict has been heightened by the intervention of Republicans in support of Trump, who want to disgrace Comey. Some of which created a “Lyin’ Comey” website to degrade him.
Earlier, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Comey “has no credibility.”
She wasn’t the only one who immediately attacked Comey. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s adviser, argued: “We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee. After all, he was fired.”
Trump’s tweets seem childish and completely unnecessary. In fact, Comey is allowed to exercise his freedom of speech and can freely speak about what he wishes. As a president, Trump should be expected to handle issues with grace and maturity, a skill that, arguably, he doesn’t even recognize. He can’t lash out at every person who criticizes him and should be able to bite his tongue. If Comey was so “under” him and his administration, why would the subject anger him so much and provoke a response from him?
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