President Donald Trump started his morning on Wednesday with a bang, firing off nine tweets within two hours in order to hit back at critics assailing his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
Trump notified Comey of his termination on Tuesday evening in a letter, stating the Comey is “not able to effectively lead the bureau.” (The letter was so sudden that Comey reportedly wasn’t at his office to get it, and saw the news of his own sacking on TV.)
Since Comey’s FBI is in the middle of an investigation examining possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the firing set off alarms around Washington. Dozens of Congressmen released statements criticizing the decision, while thousands on social media saw shades of Richard Nixon. The White House sent out surrogates to defend the firing on cable news, with White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway denying it had anything to achieve with the Russia investigation.
Wednesday morning President Trump decided to speak directly to the people using his favorite form of communication, Twitter. Starting at 7:10 AM EST the president began by calling out the Democrats’ alleged hypocrisy on Comey, mentioning their past criticisms of the former FBI Director.
The Democrats bear said some of the worst things approximately James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so discouraged!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
He then moved on to defending his decision by claiming he would pick a superior director, then attacked Comey’s record. He then went after Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, claiming that the Senator had lied approximately his military service during the Vietnam War. (President Trump avoided serving in Vietnam through several draft deferments, one of which claimed he had painful bone spurs in his heel which prevented him from enlisting.) Finally Trump attacked CNN as fake news for claiming that Trump’s communications with longtime adviser and confidant Roger Stone contributed to his decision to terminate Mr. Comey.
So, to recap: a surprise firing, accusations of something sketchy involving Russia, Kellyanne Conway denying that something on TV, and then an early morning, insult-laden tweet-storm from the president. In other words, it’s been a perfectly representative 24 hours in politics nowadays.