Comey versus Trump – book bashing

The FBI director dumped by Donald trump has hit back, bashing Donald Trump in a book. The book has been bashed by critics (ahead of it’s launch).

NY Times (bashed a number of times by Trump for ‘fake news’): James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive.

In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest fire” that is doing serious damage to the country’s norms and traditions.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”

That won’t shock many people.

Fox News (regular praisers of Trump and bashers of trump critics): Comey book filled with unproven attacks on Trump, lofty praise for himself

A highly ironic headline given the habit of Trump for launching unproven attacks and loftily praising himself and demanding praise.

It’s important for every fair-minded person to remember that just because Comey makes a charge, he is not speaking gospel truth – despite his inflated sense of virtue and self-importance.

Just about anyone who’s ever been fired fancies “getting even” with the boss. Comey’s new book does that in spades, according to excerpts leaked to the media Thursday. In the process, it lowers the reputation of both the FBI and Comey, undermines the presidency and hurts the nation.

The book is seething with disdain and insults for a man the American people elected to lead our nation. Comey openly vilifies President Trump, throwing forth every insinuation and slur you can think of, even descending into petty criticism of the president’s tan, length of his ties and height.

Petty criticism is a fair comment and also highly ironic.

NY Times with details: Comey’s Memoir Offers Visceral Details on a President ‘Untethered to Truth’

The 304-page memoir by Mr. Comey is the only firsthand, insider account to emerge so far by a former Trump official describing what it was like to work in the chaotic early days of the administration. In it, Mr. Comey, a veteran law enforcement agent, writes unsparingly about Mr. Trump, calling him a tempestuous president whose connection to honesty was tenuous at best.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Mr. Comey writes in the book, saying his service to Mr. Trump recalled for him the days when he investigated the mob in New York. “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 code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”

With the book’s release set for next week, Mr. Comey is planning a media blitz, beginning with an intensely hyped interview with ABC News that is set to air Sunday night. Republican allies of Mr. Trump’s have already set in motion a counteroffensive, creating a “Lyin’ Comey” website aimed at discrediting the former F.B.I. chief.

Mr. Comey’s book does not include dramatic new revelations about the Russia investigation itself, which is continuing. But Mr. Comey does not pull punches as he provides rigorous detail — pulled from his contemporaneous notes — about his charged interactions with Mr. Trump during the transition and in the White House.

This must be unprecedented, a book in which an ex-FBI director blatantly bashes a sitting president. But a president with a character and record like Trump’s is also unprecedented.

The book bashes trump and the book is already taking a bashing, before it goes on sale.

Comey will probably make millions, and his reputation will be savaged by Trump defenders.

With Trump’s lying and his eccentric, bombastic,  and vainglorious behaviour on constant display it’s hard to be shocked by confirmation of his worst traits – perhaps the world should be, but until Trump does something really stupid that has an obvious and drastic effect (as opposed to stupid) that’s likely to continue unabated.

The real danger with this book is that it could provoke Trump and tip him over the edge, prompting him to actually do something damaging to the presidency or the country or the world, rather than his usual blister and ranting and raving.

The US political circus continues, absent a ringmaster.

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43 Comments

  1. Griff

     /  April 14, 2018

    Tip him over the edge, ?
    That’s not the issue trump has been over the edge for years.
    It is when he hits the bottom that really will be interesting.

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  2. So Comey is a petulant little man who got the boot and is now trying to put the boot in.
    Remainder book bin stuff

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  April 14, 2018

      Comey is 2.03 metres tall

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      • Patzcuaro

         /  April 14, 2018

        From Wikipedia

        “Comey has been a registered Republican for most of his life but has recently described himself as unaffiliated”

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        • David

           /  April 14, 2018

          Is that why he let Hillary off, then panicked and scuttled her election chances?

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      • David

         /  April 14, 2018

        Is that why he comments on Trumps height, the size of his hands and the length of his tie?

        Petulant little man is a good fit for him, it has nothing to do with his height.

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  3. artcroft

     /  April 14, 2018

    Interestingly, this quote from the fox news article appears to have been edited out.

    “A highly ironic headline given the habit of Trump for launching unproven attacks and loftily praising himself and demanding praise.”

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    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2018

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  April 14, 2018

    Paul Ryan announces retirement throwing Republicans into chaos ahead of mid term elections.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 14, 2018
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      • David

         /  April 14, 2018

        Funny McCabe claims he lost his job because of Comey and they both have the same fan base, he is probably busy writing his own memoir.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          Comey’s. Best seller before it even hit the bookstands according to Aljaz tv early this morning.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 15, 2018

            Of course the Dems will lap it up. Trump’s approval rising so they need comfort food and fairy tales for solace.

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            • Griff

               /  April 15, 2018

              rofl
              Take reality and inverse it .
              You than have the Republican position on any given question.

              The fairy tales is the steady diet of bullshite supporters on here reference from the likes of faux news .

              https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/
              Trump’s approval rating is not rising. He is still the most unpopular president in decades.

              The futile warmongering is only an effort to distract from what is happening at home
              The right wing authoritarians will lap it up.
              Trump is merely distracting his base from reality yet again.
              The rest of us are not impressed.

            • Griff

               /  April 15, 2018

              Rasmussen Reports.
              Gee and that’s not known to be biased .
              If trump continues to rise over the next month I will apologize until then you are looking at only one poll’s results and ignoring the margin of error.

            • Rasmussen does a rolling poll, so the size of their fluctuations are interesting.

              FiveThirtyEight adjusts the Rasmussen approval by -5 to allow for it’s known bias towards Trump.

              https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 15, 2018

              Rubbish. Both 538 and RCP show an upcurve based on averages of a set of polls, not just Rasmussen which both include.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  April 15, 2018

              RCP averages are heading in a positive direction for Trump, the disapproval lightly more so than approval. Average approval at 53.7 and disapproval at 42.8. All polls have the gap at least 10 apart from Rasmussen.

            • Griff

               /  April 15, 2018

              Yess Alan
              538
              Approval
              April 15 today 40.8
              Month ago 41.5
              Year ago 41.2
              That is a big rise mate .
              If you screw your eyes up and look only at his lowest rating yip he is up.
              But we should know better to cherry pick statistic to support our view.
              Over all using all the data..
              His support is trending negative over his time as president.
              He still has the highest disapproval of any president in the modern era.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 15, 2018

              There’s a clear upward curve in the 538 scatter plot just as there is in the RCP average one. But close your eyes and you won’t see it.

  6. David

     /  April 14, 2018

    A year a bit into the presidency and aside from a few fruity tweets all measurements point to him making a good fist of running the place.
    Comey is a showboat and it was right to fire him, the Democrats wanted him fired, Hilary wanted him fired no one liked him until Trump fired him. The book will be in the bargain bin in no time at all and I would imagine the rank and file FBI are appalled by the top people.

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  7. David

     /  April 14, 2018

    “In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,”

    They have the book name wrong, it’s actually called “A Higher Royalty”

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  10. More on a dysfunctional state:

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  11. Seems to be a flood of stories on the Washington woes:

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  12. MaureenW

     /  April 14, 2018

    So much for Comeys book launch. How sad, never mind 🚀

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  13. I think liberals who have done nothing but riot, whine, cry, and complain have no right to use the word ‘character ‘

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