The unexpected (only at the Trump White House) backlash from the Comey firing may well be what drives the final nail into the Trump coffin. Trump has batted a hornet’s nest.
From a report in the Washington Post:
One intelligence official who works on Russian espionage matters said they were more determined than ever to pursue such cases. Another said Comey’s firing and the subsequent comments from the White House are attacks that won’t soon be forgotten. Trump had “essentially declared war on a lot of people at the FBI,” one official said. “I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind.”
What is happening now in the intelligence community and the media, both of which have been continually derided by the president, isn’t a cowering in fear posture. Rather it is a stiffening of the spine and a resolve to fight back until he is removed.
To put it all in perspective, I will share with you a story from my life. I think it’s very apropos of the current situation.
When I was a little girl – six years old – I was walking home from school and was nearly home when suddenly the school bully, who was four years my senior and much bigger than me, came up behind me. He grabbed the stocking cap I was wearing, ripped it off my head and threw it up into a tree. He then grabbed my book bag and tossed it in the gutter near the storm drain. He ran away laughing at the little girl crying in the street. For the next few years he tormented me, and there was nothing I could do about it.
You can imagine how I felt when my family moved and I discovered that we moved right next door to my nemesis.
That summer, I was nine years old. My family was getting ready to go on our annual vacation at the beach. There was a sandbox in our back yard, and I was planning to practice making sand castles. I emerged from the basement door on the side of our house and was greeted with the bully and his band of loyal followers. The bully grabbed my plastic bucket. I wouldn’t let go. He jerked it, pulling me towards him and then kicked me in the rear end, while crowing “Kick the baby in the hiney! Kick the baby in the hiney!”
That’s when I saw red. I didn’t care that he was bigger. I didn’t care that he had a pack of buddies with him. I had had ENOUGH!
I lit into him: screaming, kicking, punching, biting, clawing. His friends freaked and deserted him. He was howling, trying to get away from this angry cat of a girl who wouldn’t let go. He was wearing a brand new t-shirt and, in his struggle to escape me, wound up literally ripping out of it. He ran home bleeding and crying for his mama. I stood there in that driveway, holding his shirt and knew he would never mess with me again. And he never did.
That is what Trump did when he fired Comey. The members of the intelligence community, particularly the FBI, are enraged at the firing. They all know, like we all know, that it had nothing to do with Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. Instead of fearing for their jobs, the biggest fear at the FBI is that the investigation will be sidelined. But I don’t think that is going to happen. We’re talking about career professionals. They have dedicated their working lives to preserving American democracy and they are not about to let a two-bit dictator wannabe like Trump hand our country over to Vladimir Putin.
From the Twitter feed of Claude Taylor:
In the end, Trump will wind up bloodied and screaming on his way out of the White House (and hopefully to prison for being the traitor that he is). It may take time, but it will happen because this isn’t Russia. This is the United States of America and we have had enough.