The May 22 cover of the New Yorker magazine has a humorous depiction of what happened on the United flight from Chicago to Cincinnati. However, in this case it shows Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as a policeman, dragging James Comey off the plane. Standing to the rear is the plane’s pilot, Donald Trump. The New Yorker is famous for its covers and this one is no exception. Their stories are another matter.
The lead story called “The Silent Majority” and written by Jeffrey Toobin begins with the recounting of August 7, 1974, when a trio of Republicans led by Senator Barry Goldwater, R-Arizona, went to see President Richard Nixon. As Mr. Toobin put it, “On this occasion, they chose to put the interests of the country ahead of partisan concerns of the GOP.” They came to level with the president by saying the party was abandoning him. Watergate had finally cut too deep.
The great question in politics today, according to the author, is when or whether any Republican will undertake a similar trip to the White House of Donald Trump?
A few months ago, the Democrats despised James Comey for wanting to reopen the Clinton server issue and missing emails. Today, Comey is their knight. The firing of James Comey, the former FBI director, represents not only an abuse of language, but an abuse of power, they say.
Mr. Toobin says that President Trump in his interview with Lester Holt all but acknowledged that he had fired Comey because the director had made sure that the Bureau continued to investigate the ties between Trump’s campaign and the efforts by the Russian government and its allies to hand the election to him. Never mind that no one has produced any evidence of this happening. Yet the Washington Post, CNN and the New York Times repeat the story almost hourly. Their anonymous sources go unnamed and it is likely Democrat National Committee Staffer Seth Rich was the individual who gave WikiLeaks the emails that proved the DNC tried to destroy the Bernie Sanders campaign.
In a companion article, the comment is made that “when Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him, James Comey, the FBI Director, told colleagues that he considered Trump to be outside the realm of normal and even crazy.” President Trump simply used the wrong words. Wiretapping was the term used during Elliott Ness times. The intelligence community can go and does go much further. Trump’s staff was spied upon and then unmasked by Susan Rice. Where was FBI Director Comey then?
Again, per Jeffrey Toobin, these are perilous and unpredictable times. It is worth pausing to consider how Trump’s recklessness might manifest itself in a national security emergency. Why are these times so perilous? Might the answer come from the Obama years and the total mismanagement of world affairs and the economy?
It might be useful to recount what President Trump is up against and why he was elected president last year.
Do you remember open borders and poor trade deals that disseminated Middle America? How about the Obama Justice Department selling guns to the Mexican Drug Cartels? And giving Iran $150 billion or lack of affordable health insurance? And then there is spying on American citizens and intelligence agency leaks. Poor public schools, $20 trillion in national debt and a depleted military. All must be handled. EPA rule-making has cost the farming, ranching and oil and gas industry dearly. President Clinton promised North Korea would not have nuclear weapons. They do and this problem too must be addressed.
Mr. Trump’s voters understand these facts and are standing by him. The president needs to get on with his agenda and tune out the chatter. Maybe he should take another foreign trip like the recent one which was such a success.