I first saw the news on social media of James Comey’s termination as FBI Director on Tuesday afternoon. I thought it was a joke, much like Comey himself did when he learned of the end of his tenure… on television.
Trump’s latest action may be his most devastating yet. The 45th President has undermined the fourth estate, attacked the judicial branch and is now destroying the integrity of the very law enforcement agency investigating him.
The only thing more preposterous than Comey’s firing is the White House’s reasoning behind it.
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump would bar media outlets with whom he disagreed from attending his rallies. During a December discussion with Sean Spicer (prior to becoming White House press secretary and fodder for Melissa McCarthy), Politico’s Jake Sherman asked if this tactic would be used by a Trump White House.
“Look, there’s a big difference between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity,” Spicer told Sherman. “I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to the government. That is something you can’t ban an entity from. You know conservative, liberal, otherwise I think that is what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”
On Friday, the Trump administration took on the role of a dictatorship as described by their own press secretary.
Donald Trump’s first seven days in office began by delivering on the worst of his campaign promises, and eventually, on human nature.
The week would end with the White House intentionally removing any mention of the Jews from its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. On the same day, President Trump signed an executive order which delivered on the campaign promise of a Muslim ban.
Twenty-four hours after Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, protestors marched in the streets of every state in support of equality and against the hate on which our current president founded his political brand. Donald Trump brought the country together… just not in the way he intended.