Former FBI director James Comey, whom Donald Trump fired abruptly because Comey was investigating Trump’s conspiracy with Russia over the 2016 presidential election, has used his downtime to become a master of Twitter.
He doesn’t tweet nearly as often as the president, but his arrows aim true. They’re almost always directed at Trump, but it’s never explicit. That’s what makes it such a genius move.
Hours after President Trump lashed out at LaVar Ball for not thanking him for helping secure the release of three UCLA basketball players from shoplifting charges in China (Ball is the father of one of the men), Comey tweeted:
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow(1905-1998)
— James Comey (@Comey) November 19, 2017
Trump had asked last week whether the players would thank him for speaking to Chinese President Xi Jinping about securing their release. The players held a press conference the same day apologizing for the incident and thanking Trump.
The connection between Comey’s tweet and Trump’s actions was not lost on Twitter readers:
Trump takes all of the credit (well, he shares credit with foreign tyrants sometimes), none of the blame.
What does that make him…?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) November 19, 2017
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) November 19, 2017
Nobody throws shade as subtly and pointedly as the great @Comey. We are in the presence of the master.
— Albert D (@BigAlDell) November 19, 2017
When Comey was giving testimony to Congress
and said "Lordy, I hope there are tapes!".
I yelled at the TV. That is no answer.
I thought Comey / FBI had tapes.
Comey's phone was hot miked by his request.
They have tapes of Trump's conversations with Comey.
— booh – The Walk Home (@mikes_booh) November 20, 2017
I see where you’re going with that, great leader. Thank you for your service in protecting our Republic from the Clinton Crime Family and Associates.
— Brian Williams (@bwill1962) November 19, 2017
Trump invariably sidesteps responsibility for his actions, and never fails to take credit for the work others have done. He's the antithesis of a good leader. In fact, he does not lead, he dictates.
— E.P. Unum (@EPUnum1776) November 19, 2017
On Friday, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against members of both political parties, Comey tweeted a quote about integrity:
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
— James Comey (@Comey) November 17, 2017
In late October, after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on fraud and money laundering charges, Comey tweeted a quote from one of his favorite philosophers, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr
— James Comey (@Comey) October 30, 2017
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