I don’t care how Donald Trump, the GOP, his supporters, or anyone else wants to spin what took place on Thursday, it was a really… really bad day for the “president.” It’s not every day that a former head of the FBI — the same one he recently fired — spends several hours telling the entire world that, from the very first moment he met Trump, he knew he wasn’t an honest and trustworthy person.
While I have no doubt that Trump and those tasked with defending him are going to do their best to downplay the significance of Thursday’s testimony, I don’t think it’s going to do them any good.
I’m not sure if anyone said it better than CNN’s Jake Tapper who, if you ask me, perfectly explained why Comey’s testimony contributed to what was likely Trump’s worst day in office.
“The former FBI director told the world today that the President of the United States cannot be trusted in his opinion,” Tapper stated. “He cannot be trusted to tell the truth. He cannot be trusted to uphold the rule of law and he cannot be trusted to allow a DOJ investigation into the Russian attack of the US election last year.”
And Tapper wasn’t done. He then put into perspective exactly how bad this was for the image of the United States as a whole.
“There is no other way to walk away from Comey’s testimony today without thinking the former director of the FBI thinks the President of the United States is a liar who he could not trust and who took actions that he thought were attempts to undermine the integrity of the American justice system itself,” Tapper said.
That in and of itself is a rather somber revelation about what really took place Thursday. The former head of the FBI, a man who, despite making a few questionable decisions, is still highly respected, told the world that the “President” of the United States is someone who lacks integrity and can’t be trusted.
Even going beyond what petty partisan bickering might go on in this country concerning Thursday’s testimony, the rest of the world was listening to what Comey said. Other foreign heads of state watched as the former head of one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies on the planet admitted that, upon his first meeting with Trump, he instantly knew that he was someone who couldn’t be trusted.
It’s damn sure not a good thing when someone like Trump, an individual who many people already didn’t trust to begin with, was exposed by the former head of the FBI. This testimony painted Trump as someone who’s so unethical, all it took was one meeting for James Comey to realize he needed to document every interaction they had because, deep down, he knew Trump would lie about what he said to him.
As I’ve said for a while now, I don’t care what any of his supporters want to believe, without a doubt, Donald Trump is this nation’s top national security threat.
Watch the clip below via CNN: