‘Slimeball’ Is Trump’s Ooziest Insult

By Ben Zimmer

President Trump has added a new epithet to his seemingly endless arsenal of invectives directed at political foes. In a tweet sent early Friday morning, he called former FBI Director James Comey an “untruthful slime ball.”

It was inevitable that Trump would come up with something colorful to sling at Comey, after details from Comey’s new tell-all began leaking on Thursday. In the book, titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Trump is portrayed in an unflattering light. Not only does the former director harshly condemn the president’s leadership, but he also offers blunt physical descriptions at which Trump could take offense. (“His face appeared slightly orange with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles,” Comey writes of his first meeting with Trump.)

The president has, in the past, leveled all sorts of insults at Comey. Using his favored frame of adjective-plus-name, Trump has called him “leakin’ James Comey,” “sanctimonious James Comey,” and “lying James Comey.” (The Republican National Committee embraced the last insult for its new website, lyincomey.com, launched just in time for the book’s release.) Perhaps the most memorable one came the day after Trump fired …read more

From:: The Atlantic


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