A caricature of Trump from a peaceful protest march on the White House the day after President Trump unexpectedly shot Director of the FBI, James Comey
Trump boosters are taking a page out of the president’s own playbook when you’re out of moves, blame the media .
And that’s just what they’re doing in the wake of Trump’s firing of onetime FBI Director James Comey.
Comey’s dismissal kicked off a firestorm of review from Democrats and even some Republicans. Trump accompanieds has been the object of an ongoing( and supposedly escalating) is looking into ties to Russiaan investigation that dogged Trump and had fueled questions of the president’s own a link with the two countries. Russia, of course, has been accused by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies of working to fluctuating the 2016 ballot by divulging private the documentation and disseminating of propaganda.
And Trump just shot the person or persons in charge of the inquiry into all of thatan investigation that posed an existential menace to his presidency. The only other chairperson to gather anything close to this was Nixon, and it’s been extensively was considered as school textbooks lawsuit of abuse of power.
Againonly one other FBI director in history has ever been fired. And you’re not supposed to fire the person or persons probing you, just because you can. Needless to say, the Comey firing is a big deal. The media gave it as such. It dominated the front sheets of every major U.S. newspaper, passed all major newscasts, and took over the online bulletin world.
Reporters instantly started picking apart Trump’s justification for burning Comey. The White House statement said that the move was a result of Comey’s acts with regard to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emailssomething that Democrats have also to criticize. Moreover, just about anybody with any long-term recollection to mention here that Trump had loudly admired those acts by Comey.
Again, specific actions Trump formerly admired are now his primary reasonablenes for burning Comey.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration claim that the deputy us attorney general( to whom the FBI director reports) had volunteered a critique of Comey began to fall apart. Trump, according to innumerable independent reports, missed Comey disappeared. He then expected the lieutenant AG and Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for justification to expel Comey.
And then Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt that he made the decision to fire Comey before even talking to the AG or lieutenant AG.
With the inside story coming out, Trump’s boosters franticly sought to defend the firing. Fox News in particular began to spin the storey as being about Comey’s paucity of is looking into Hillary Clinton, according to Slate’s Will Oremus. Conservative radio multitude Hugh Hewitt tried to back the White House, but has procured it difficult to keep up with the changing storey.
There’s a reason it’s was hard: Trump’s firing of Comey is indefensible. It extends against the simplest notions of checks on influence, and especially, the president’s influence. Nothing in the U.S. is above the law, but the president is the only person who can conceivably shell the peoples of the territories probing him.
Anybody who’s noticed themselves on the erroneous cease of an polemic knows what to do nextchange the subject.
Also, last 36 hours of coverage exclusively make sense if you share media’s very strong commitment to a moderately extreme Russian plot theory.
Mollie (@ MZHemingway) May 11, 2017
Of course! How could we not have realized that it’s the media that has been the problem the whole time? And thus, this whole thing isn’t even worth speak about!
How could this be a big deal when the Democrats blamed Comey, more? Everybody just calm down.
CNN now stands for Cardiac Care Network because their ppl are having heart attacks over Trump doing what Dems formerly demanded-fire Comey.
Gov. Mike Huckabee (@ GovMikeHuckabee) May 10, 2017
Trump routinely attacks the media, but this round is peculiarly hopeless. Expecting the national media to treat the Comey firing as anything less than a historic moment is hilarious. The original storey was bad enough, but it’s exclusively deteriorated in the following 36 hours. The playing FBI director( invited to participate in Comey’s role until Trump chooses a new FBI director) was already in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday contradicting the Trump administration’s claims about the Russia investigation and Comey’s standing within the FBI. Attorneys General from 20 nations are calling for a special adviser be assigned to the investigation.
But sure, let’s talk more about the media, and how it should just let all of this go.
Actually, let’s not.