Trump Tries To Discredit Comey And The FBI On Twitter And Is Called Out In Seconds

Comey with Trump in a Twitter logo

What would a day in the Trump age be like without a befuddling Trump Tweet to ponder? Today is no different, with Trump making the assertion that James Comey wasn’t doing his investigation into Hillary Clinton properly. Obviously, he’d like to paint the picture that the system is “rigged” as stories of the special counsel Mueller investigations dominate the news, but we can easily deconstruct and debunk this Tweet right now…

The Trump Tweet at 7:45 AM:

“Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!”

POLITICO White House reporter, Josh Dawsey, destroys any substance of the Tweet in seconds:

“When firing Comey, Trump’s White House put out a lengthy letter saying it was essentially because Comey was too tough on Clinton.”

Trump cheered on Comey 8 days before the presidential election, saying, “It took guts for director Comey to make the move that he made.” He was referring to Comey’s decision to make the probe into Clinton’s emails public, right before the election. Which certainly worked great for Trump.

Then in May, Trump fired Comey under the pretext that Comey’s handling of Clinton’s email case was wrong. Today’s Tweet runs counter to his previous excuse for firing Comey and also sets the stage to further discredit the FBI. That might work for Trump (in his mind only). In actuality, all of this reeks of obstruction, which is partly why Trump is under investigation now.

Trump’s tweet is likely a reaction to a predictable source: Fox News, who ran a story titled, “Comey began drafting ‘exoneration statement’ before interviewing Clinton, senators say.” The article is based on statements from two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, and Lindsey Graham. They claim Comey began drafting his statement about Clinton before interviewing key witnesses.

This checks out with CBS News, and will no doubt be used by Trump supporters to back up Trump’s decision to fire Comey, only the problem with that is –Trump told NBC News that he fired Comey because of what he called a “made-up” Russia story about his ties to Russia. How much more convoluted can we get?

Now consider this Tweet by Melissa McEwan, Editor-in-Chie of Shakesville.com:

“This is the President of the United States calling the federal government “a rigged system.” That is incredibly dangerous. And telling.”

With his Tweet, Trump is telling his followers that they should not trust the government. A government that is now investigating him instead of Clinton. Though he once praised Comey for his guts, and wanted to use the powers of the government to “Lock her up!,” now Trump is setting the stage to discredit the FBI, whatever their findings may be in the Trump-Russia investigations. Would he want to discredit the FBI, with his newly appointed Director, Christopher A. Wray, if he were optimistic about his future outlook?

He’s also following the usual pattern on Twitter, basing his Tweets on Fox News and attacking others.

It has already been documented that Trump uses Twitter this way: “[…] Trump seems to use the majority of those messages to do some combination of making false statements, picking on people, or complaining about unfair things are for him.”

One out of every 8 Trump tweets referenced fake news sources, out of 610 tweets he likely authored. One out of every two “are some combination of him insulting/mocking/slandering someone, whining/grousing about something being unfair, and making false statements (if not outright lying).”

Today his Tweets go further to convince a gullible base that government investigations are rigged, since it isn’t working in his favor, and could lead down the road to impeachment. Before the election, his talk of rigged systems might have had more impact, but now he’s in the White House and part of the system he continues to discredit on Twitter. However, when the Mueller investigation is over, he’ll need more than Twitter to save him. He’ll need facts –something he definitely isn’t fond of, to begin with.


Featured image: Featured image via Flikr, Gage Skidmore, altered with image from Pixabay, with Comey via mellow cat, (CC BY 2.0)

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Matthew Silvan is a gay man from the American South who has spent years fighting against the scapegoating and demonization imposed on the LGBT community by Republicans and religious hypocrites and zealots. His writing reflects the constant struggle to overcome the inequality and discrimination still rampant in America. He is an advocate for diversity and progress, with a passion for nature and preserving the environment, who also tends to approach things in a lighthearted way despite it all.

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