It never ceases to amaze the lengths to which reporters, pundits, even voters will go to defend or excuse what former FBI Director Jim Comey did to help Trump realize the *presidency*. His self-serving explanations, designed to resurrect his reputation just in time for his book tour, offered in his 60 Minutes and ABC’s 20/20 interviews ring hollow. Comey found it acceptable to break protocol twice to both publicly spank and later irrevocably harm Hillary Clinton’s electoral chances yet kept silent about the very real FBI investigation of the Trump campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Yes, Mr. Comey, you did negatively influence the election. Your wrongheaded actions did have an impact. You allowed your ego, your predisposition not to trust women and your willingness to be a pawn of the rogue NY FBI office to influence your judgment.
Comey’s most telling comment in the 20/20 interview is this:
“One of the things I’ve struggled with my whole life is my ego and … I have to be careful not to fall in love with my own view of things.”
I do not buy that Comey was “so sure Clinton would win” the election that he sat on the rogue NY FBI agents info for weeks and waited to announce that he was re-opening the email investigation 11 days before the election — and thought that would have no effect. His interviewer, George Stephanopoulos, always ready to undercut Hillary, went to far as giving Comey a ready made excuse for his actions so Comey didn’t even have to come up with one:
“STEPHANOPOULOS: At some level, wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win? And your concern that she wins, this comes out several weeks later, and then that’s taken by her opponent as a sign that she’s an illegitimate president?”
How helpful, George. No, she would not have been “illegitimate”. This entire 2-year email “investigation” was a farce and a media feeding frenzy from the start. The best proof is that now Hillary is out of politics, there are no charges whatsoever. There never will be. Comey and the NY FBI office, along with Stephanopoulos and his media brethren, all suffer from the same disease. It’s called “let’s discredit a powerful woman-itis.”
In his interviews, Comey is calling Trump the equivalent of a “mob boss” and said he is “morally unfit to be president” yet he found every excuse to stay silent about Trump in the months running up to the election while having no qualms about breaking protocol to denounce Hillary Clinton, who the Pulitzer prize winning Politifact called “The most honorable politician in all of 2016.”
Stephanopoulos and Company were more than happy to egg Comey on in his bias.
While Comey’s commentary about Trump is valid, why did he wait so long to tell us? What has that cost us? And we still must answer the most painful question that got us into this electoral mess in the first place…
Why are we so willing to entertain the worst tripe about a hard working public servant if she is a woman but give every possible benefit of the doubt to a man who has repeatedly proven he doesn’t deserve it?
Until we stop buying into negatively biased views of women or persons of color, we will get more like Trump at all levels of government.