On May 8, as CIA Director James Clapper and Sally Yates spoke to senators, Trump tweeted:
Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.
This morning "no evidence" of collusion has morphed into total innocence as Trump tweeted:
When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?
"Witch hunt?" As I understand it, the FBI is investigating whether Russia was involved in election hacking, but Trump sees the effort only as it affects him, casting himself as an unfairly accused victim. His statement also leads a reader to conclude that the "witch hunt" ends with Comey's firing: stall the investigation by throwing the FBI into a leadership crisis and install your own person in there to keep an eye on things.
Trump eventually offers a justification for Comey's firing--"James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI"--but mostly he condemns Democrats, who had been critical of Comey when he spoke about Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016, for now protesting his ouster.
Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant.
The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!
Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke. "Richie" devised one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history. For....years, as a pol in Connecticut, Blumenthal would talk of his great bravery and conquests in Vietnam - except he was never there. When....caught, he cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness...and now he is judge & jury. He should be the one who is investigated for his acts. [Wait, is he calling for a witch hunt against Richie?]
Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites! [Trump fails to see--or doesn't want readers to see--that Dems may not be fans of Comey's statements about Clinton, but they smell something rotten in the timing of his firing.]
These tweets are followed with a video clip montage of Democrats calling for Comey's firing right after his statements about Clinton's emails and two tweets hailing Trump's EOs on cyber security and election integrity. [See, you don't need pesky FBI witch hunts, I can fix all this with a stroke of my pen.]
After several tweets about fake news weirdly juxtaposed with photos of his meetings with the Russian ambassador, Trump today began a series of threats aimed at the media and Comey:
As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!.......Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
It's unfair to base an opinion about anybody based solely on their Twitter feed. But the tweets from the last 48 hours suggest an executive who feels besieged, who lashes out with name-calling and absurd counter allegations, who is preoccupied with control, and who offers nothing substantive in the way of explanation for his actions, which chums the waters for political analyses (like this one). I'll pass over the fact that he occasionally tortures written standard English.
Perhaps as telling as Trump's tweets are the responses to them, which are almost overwhelmingly negative, insulting, and frequently obscene. Reading Trump is not just about tricking out who he is, but who we are as well.
It's not a pretty picture.