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Comey: From FBI Director to Trash Author

Comey: From FBI Director to Trash Author
April 16
14:37 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey’s tell-all (and more) book is due out next week. To hype the book, some copies have been slipped to the media in advance – and they bit like bass on a bug. The Trump bashing Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post) have taken the lead to draw out what they consider the most relevant and damning attacks on Trump.

To breath credibility into the book, the anchors and media panelists praised the author as a man of outstanding public service and personal integrity. But not everyone. CNN’s Chris Cuomo saw the book as a bit too retaliatory and BBC’s Katty Kay, appearing on Morning Joe, questioned whether the book was  too “petty.” Such modest criticism from the perma-left pundits should give you some indication as to how bad the book is.

From the extensive excerpts that have appeared in the press, Comey’s tone is not a reflection of history, but rather one man’s intense hatred for another. In attempting to tell his side, Comey has shown himself to be the low life character his critics have charged. What can be said factually about the book is that all his descriptions and characterizations of President Trump are his own venomous personal opinions. They cannot be verified or substantiated by others.

Comey mocks Trump’s hair, facial tones and the “white half-moons” below his eyes that Comey conjectures are the result of tanning glasses. In describing a dark and dangerous president, Comey claims to be able to read Trump’s mind and see his soul. From the reports of those who have read the advanced copies, there is nothing factually new in the book. Instead, it is a sophomoric regurgitation of old news spiked with personal animus.

In each case, Comey juxtaposes his straw man characterizations of Trump with his own inflated and self-proclaimed nobility. What comes across, however, is a venal man of low character and even lower intellectual integrity. Rather than a book worthy of history, the writing is more like what one might expect to hear from a bitter spouse during a divorce hearing.

Comey’s repetitious allusions to Trump as a Mafia don are particularly inappropriate and offensive. They show the depth of Comey’s literary depravity.

For the unabashed Trump haters, the book will be elevated to the level of Carl Sandburg’s works on Lincoln. It could be more accurately compared to Adolph Hitler’s screeds about Jews.

What is additionally offensive about the book is that it is the work of one of America’s highest public officials – a man who headed an organization dedicated to identifying and presenting truths. Instead, he wallows in half-truths, distorted truths and outright lies.

Though Comey attempts to occupy the moral high ground, even his own writing reflects a man of weak convictions. The post-Director Comey is not the same FBI director who did not object to the meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. He initially acquiesced to what he now claims was a loyalty demand from Trump. He folded when his Deputy Andrew McCabe weakened the language of his report to protect Hillary Clinton from potential legal problems. One gets the impression that if Comey were still FBI Director, he would be kissing Trump’s ass rather than kicking it.

If Comey had any thought that this book would wipe away his declining reputation as an egocentric political huckster who tarnished the image of the FBI, he is badly mistaken. It is more likely that as the content of the book sinks in with the public, those in the more objective political middle will better understand the harsh criticism of Comey.

One must assume that Comey wrote his book for trash-talk television and the money those books produce. If he wrote it to polish his reputation, he has failed badly.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Papa Joe
    Papa Joe April 17, 12:50

    I really feel empathy for James Comey. What can you say about our POTUS who has to be one of the meanest, most childish, most embarrassing public figures of modern times? What do you do if you go to a highly public event and some drunk spits right in your face and then loudly ridicules you in front of all guests? Do you look for redeeming qualities in that individual or do you retaliate? I would surely retaliate and fight fire with fire.

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  2. Jim
    Jim April 17, 13:07

    The systematic campaign to trash Comey is a White House and Republican guided attack on a public servant who was dedicated to preserving our nation and the morals of our nation. Having a relative who has worked for the FBI in DC for many years and under a few administrations, I have first hand evidence of the outstanding leadership and dedication to the job that was always on display with James Comey as Director. Any attempts to demean Comey and distract from the Dotard Moron Donald Trump, a traitor to our country won’t work.

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