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elbanditoroso's avatar

Did Trump overreact (or over-pre-react) to the Comey book and interview?

Asked by elbanditoroso (23154points) 1 week ago

It seems to me that the Comey interview wasn’t particularly news-breaking and didn’t add anything substantial to any conversation. (I Haven’t read the book since it doesn’t come out until tomorrow).

The odd thing is how vehement Trump’s criticism of Comey was before the interview was aired.

Did Trump make a strategic error in overreacting to what he thought Comey would say?

Did Trump bring extra attention to something that would probably have died of its own accord?

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janbb's avatar

Is the Pope Catholic? Doesn’t trump overeact (or pre-act) to everything?

chyna's avatar

He, of course, over reacted. Comey didn’t say anything we all already knew. Trump lied about how many people were at his inauguration. Yes, we know. He has smallish hands. Yes, we know. It was a little silly in my opinion.

LostInParadise's avatar

Comey said that Trump is morally unfit to serve in public office, which is pretty strong language. If I were in Comey’s place, I would have just said that Trump is unfit to serve. The moral tag is too limiting.

marinelife's avatar

Yes, as usual.

rojo's avatar

The name calling is kinda childish but not unexpected. “Slimeball”? Really? Grow up.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Maybe because he’s trying to sell a book, partly because of this:
The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?

stanleybmanly's avatar

While there are still people here ready to defend our decidedly unpresidential commander in chief, I doubt if there is a fool left among us prepared to expect any behavior consistent with the formerly assumed gravity of the office. Comey came close when slapping the mob boss sticker on the Trump persona, but even that comparison falls short of the mark. The man has a truly unique ability to cheapen and degrade the very atmosphere about him, and nothing within that cloud escapes untainted. For Trump, there is NOTHING allowed the distinction of existing beneath “the dignity of his office” and presidential is now synonymous with tacky and tasteless.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

It’s like watching an episode of The Twilight Zone for those of us outside the usa.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@stanleybmanly Clinton did some pretty classy things in the WH, too, didn’t he? Not to mention a few other Democrats I could list. Both parties have some major issues, I wouldn’t defend either of them myself.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@KNOWITALL – that’s classic deflection. Bill Clinton hasn’t been president for 20 + years. Trump is an embarrassment today.

Mentioning Clinton as an excuse from Trumpian behavior is almost as bad as blaming Warren G Harding. (now go look up why Harding was such a crook)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@elbanditoroso I wasn’t offering excuses for any bad behavior so not sure how you see that as a deflection.

BTW- I voted for Bill, loved the guy back then, but he was still an idiot and treated the WH like a brothel (complete with cigars and a smeared dress)- during his term, not just before like Trump and his women (at least that we’ve heard of.)

stanleybmanly's avatar

@KNOWITALL Trump stands out from any other politician in my lifetime. It isn’t merely that he “has NO class” and is readily defined as such. Have you ever seen anyone so eager to prove it? Who on earth can you list as so dependable to say or do the gauche or tasteless thing? We make the mistake of thinking this crudity a matter of manners or refinement only because we fail to consider the basic question of how a man with his pedigree and advantages could possibly be so nakedly offensive.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@stanleybmanly Okay, I’ll grant you that BUT that’s part of the appeal to the blue collar folks that got him in the WH. He never said he was a politician or played by the ‘social’ rules a politician knows to be true in this country (fake it or be perfect), and I know plenty of wealthy businessmen that act as autocratic and ignorant as Trump.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Trump isn’t very smart. He knows how to pander to his base though. That’s all he’s doing here. Tell stupid people stupid things, and they believe it. His strategy has always been to simply cast aspersions on the character of the people who are not on his side. His base is apparently not any wiser than a small child listening to a bully make baseless claims about another kid.

The majority of us will simply ignore Trump’s rhetoric, as we know that it is either lies, or factually incorrect due to his ignorance. His base will eat his bullshit sandwiches, and ask for more. And they will bring up Bill, Hillary, or Obama as deflection as they pick the shit from their teeth. All the while sure that it wasn’t Trump who fed it to them. They are impressively gullible, and predictable. At one of Trump’s speeches, he simply repeated the word “Obama” over and over, while his crowd booed. Low brow people only require low brow tactics. That’s something Trump is definitely an expert at. As long as his sheep eat his bullshit sandwiches, he has no reason to change the menu….

LostInParadise's avatar

@KNOWITALL , I don’t want someone like myself in the White House. I am not qualified to be president. I want someone who would be much more skilled in communicating and exercising executive power. Trump is not that person.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@MrGrimm888 And that is why I have no faith in the majority of the American voter.

rojo's avatar

@SQUEEKY2

if it makes you feel better, 72% of the American people didn’t vote for Trump and 71% didn’t vote for Clinton and a whopping 43% did not vote for either.

‘Course, on the down side, 41% didn’t bother to vote at all.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@rojo Interesting isn’t it?

This means Trump won the electoral college with votes from approximately 26 percent of eligible voters. Hillary Clinton also received votes from approximately 26 percent of eligible voters. 48 percent of eligible voters, however, abstained from voting for either Trump or Clinton.

https://mises.org/wire/26-percent-eligible-voters-voted-trump

rojo's avatar

Interesting, yes, @KNOWITALL but also a little saddening. That is why you cannot believe any politician who says they have a mandate from the people to do anything. They do not. They do not even have a plurality.

This is why we need at least three political parties, if we have to have parties at all. Three parties would force coalitions to be formed in order to govern. Doing that would give the majority a voice. Not always but more so than we now have.

rojo's avatar

And, to misquote that famous Philosopher, Dennis:

Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical electoral ceremony.

stanleybmanly's avatar

So sadly, we got what we collectively deserve!

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Begrudgingly, I think that’s not inaccurate. As someone who doesn’t vote by choice, it makes me kind of wish I had. I just never imagined a world in which America could have elected Don. I wasn’t going to be a part in Hillary being POTUS. Now. I guess I’m part of electing Trump… Uuuggghhh…....

rojo's avatar

Thanks @MrGrimm888 now we all have to suffer for your indifference.

chyna's avatar

Oh, so it’s @MrGrimm888‘s fault…

stanleybmanly's avatar

now we know who is REALLY responsible.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Sorry guys. I’m kind of a fuck up…

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