As the release of James Comey’s book neared, Republican operatives in Washington began spreading the word: They had a plan to counter the former FBI director’s much-anticipated tome. Thursday, the Republican National Committee unveiled the secret weapon, which turned out to be a slick though shallow website called (wait for it) “Lyin’ Comey.” Then came the morning of Friday the 13th, and with it the revelation of what the real strategy was: Tweets from the president.
If Donald Trump’s Friday-morning fusillade was intended to defuse the book, the tweets seem certain to do the opposite. Not only is the president focusing more attention on the book, but the specific nature of his pushback on Comey serves only to prove the portrayal of him in the book.
Trump, Comey writes, “is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values … His leadership is transactional, ego driven, and about personal loyalty.” He writes that this is “a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded.” He likens the administration to the Mafia: “The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. …read more
From:: The Atlantic