Donald Trump had a bad day. Again. A federal judge dealt a bodyblow to his hope of suppressing his financial records. His own Republican Party has dissolved into a civil war now that his son has been subpoenaed and is on his way to being held in contempt. Suffice it to say that Trump ended the day in a bad mood – as he was sure to remind us.
When Donald Trump is impeached and ultimately goes to prison for obstruction of justice, one of the acts that will send him there is his illegal firing of FBI Director James Comey, in an attempt at stopping the Trump-Russia investigation. So when Comey appeared on CNN tonight and reminded everyone that Trump is a Russia-compromised traitor and lunatic (he said it more politely than that), it turns out Trump was watching.
Naturally, after it was over, Trump launched into a deranged late night Twitter meltdown: “James Comey is a disgrace to the FBI & will go down as the worst Director in its long and once proud history. He brought the FBI down, almost all Republicans & Democrats thought he should be FIRED, but the FBI will regain greatness because of the great men & women who work there!”
To be clear, none of the above is accurate. Although millions of Americans agreed that Comey should have been fired, it was for his deranged handling of the imaginary Hillary Clinton email scandal, which helped illegitimately put Donald Trump in office. There is no one outside Trump’s base who believes that Trump was justified in firing Comey under the circumstances that he fired him.
Even as Donald Trump’s advisers, cabinet members, and family members are now rapidly taking the fall in his worsening criminal scandals, Trump isn’t focused on trying to save any of them. Instead he’s busy watching his detractors on cable news and whining about them on social media. This is the definition of a losing strategy.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report