Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey took so much offense to the harsh words that President Donald Trump spoke about him during the acquittal press conference Thursday that he published an angry op-ed in The Washington Post the following afternoon.
But instead of aiming his ire solely at the president, for some inexplicable reason Comey chose to join the chorus of other left-wing elites who’ve taken to directing the symptoms of their their Trump Derangement Syndrome at the president’s supporters:
Ranting from the podium wasn’t the most disturbing thing that happened in the East Room yesterday. The audience reaction was.
— James Comey (@Comey) February 7, 2020
“The important thing was what happened in the audience, where there were plenty of intelligent people of deep commitment to religious principle,” he wrote.
“They laughed and smiled and clapped as a president of the United States lied, bullied, cursed and belittled the faith of other leaders. That was the deeply disturbing part of the East Room moment, and should challenge us all.”
In Comey’s opinion, the decision by the “herd” of Trump supporters, as he described them, to not “get up and walk out” as the president bashed him and the slew of other disgraced former Obama-era Justice Department operatives who’d allegedly plotted against him was the result of the so-called herd being “brainless” (his words).
“In the face of the herd, and often to avoid being targeted ourselves, we go quiet and let the group’s brain and soul handle things,” he explained. “Of course, the group has no brain or soul separate from each of ours.”
“But by imagining that the group has these imaginary centers of power, we abdicate responsibility, which allows all groups to be hijacked by the loudest voice, the person who knows how brainless groups really are and uses that to his advantage.”
He seemed to be suggesting that the president was the “loudest voice” and his supporters were “brainless” morons too stupid (and probably racist) to push back on him. This belief was based on the presumption that Trump had said something wrong.
“Yes, as usual, he called me a sleaze and scum and a dirty cop and said he likely would no longer be president if he hadn’t fired me. Although I still can’t follow the logic of that last bit, it doesn’t matter,” Comey wrote.
The first part of the statement was accurate.
“[I]f I didn’t fire James Comey, we would have never found this stuff,” Trump said during the Thursday presser. “Because when I fired that sleazebag, all hell broke out.”
“They were ratting on each other. They were running for the hills. Let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens. It’s in the hands of some very talented people. We’re going to have to see what happens.”
He added that Comey and his accomplices were “dirty cops” and “bad people.”
He also celebrated his acquittal, of course.
Listen to some of it below:
“If I didn’t fire Comey, we would have never found this stuff. Because when I fired that sleazebag, all hell broke out. They were ratting on each other, they were running for the hills… these are the crookedest, most dishonest, dirtiest people I’ve seen.” pic.twitter.com/xI7SOqAHPk
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 6, 2020
As for the president’s logic in believing he’d have been removed from office by now had he not fired Comey, this was based on the evidence-backed theory that Comey had been plotting with other Justice Department officials to remove him from office.
Speaking on Fox News later Thursday evening about the president’s remarks, former House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy — now retired — pointed to the shadiness of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s collusion investigation and the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process as perfect examples of the wrongdoings that occurred during Comey’s tenure.
“[W]hen you look at the Mueller report and the FISA process, you can understand where it’s coming from,” he said of the president’s remarks. “Yeah, [disgraced former FBI special agent] Peter Strzok, the lead case agent on this Russia probe, was talking about impeaching Donald Trump before Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were.”
“I mean, just let that sink in for a second: The lead agent for the FBI mentioned impeaching Trump before [House Intelligence Committee chair Adam] Schiff and [House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry] Nadler did.”
And all under Comey’s watch.
(Source: Fox News)
“He believed he was eliminating the person at the top who created a culture that was after him … to create an environment where they believed they were above board in investigating the president and his campaign,” Gowdy added, referring to Comey.
He added, “I mean, it is pretty stunning when you look back at it.”
Indeed. A report published by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz last April confirmed that Comey had, at the very least, definitely sought to undermine Trump’s presidency.
The report specifically outlined the details of a Jan. 6, 2017, meeting between Trump, Comey, then-CIA director John Brennan, then-NSA Director Mike Rogers, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
The meeting was billed as a “defensive briefing” on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, but Comey was looking to get “information of value” from Trump after informing him of accusations in the scandalous, since-debunked Steele dossier.
Critics have pointed to this meeting as an attempt by Comey to “set up” then President-elect Trump.
Nevertheless, Comey concluded his WaPo op-ed by taking another shot at Trump’s “brainless” followers and accusing them of being the ones lacking values.
“We have passed through the legal and constitutional trials of the Trump era. They were painful, but we now face our greatest trial, because it is about each of us, alone. And especially about those who were, or are, Republicans,” he wrote.
“Will they assert personal, core values in the face of a powerfully human temptation to surrender them? Or will they still those inner voices, smile tightly in places like the East Room, and drift with the crowd? We will know in just nine months.”
It’s not clear why a man who’s committed so much documented treachery believes he has the right to lecture others about values …
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