In a new Op-Ed for the Washington Post reacting to the impeachment trial, former FBI Director James Comey calls President Trump a “bad person and an incompetent leader.”
Comey also criticizes Trump voters, portraying them as gullible and irrational.
“Yes, a lot of Americans vote for people of poor character who then don’t act in their interest…yes, a lot of Americans believe the lies they are told and attach their own identity to a president in ways that are both inappropriate and irrational.”
Understandably, millions of Americans today see darkness. Our president is a bad person and an incompetent leader. He lies constantly, stokes flames of racial division, tries to obstruct justice and represents much of what our Founders feared about a self-interested demagogue.
The test of our shape is underway. The House impeached the president, and though the Senate will likely acquit, the American people can witness the whole thing. The free press fostered and protected by the genius of the First Amendment has let Americans know the truth, if they wish to. They can see the facts and the process, and they will be shaped by that, both now and for the long term.
In November, Americans, fully informed, will have the chance to decide what kind of country we are and what we expect of our leaders.
I don’t buy the stuff about the United States’ democracy dying. Its death has been predicted regularly for two centuries.
Yes, a lot of Americans vote for people of poor character who then don’t act in their interest, but that has been true to varying degrees throughout our history.
Yes, a lot of Americans believe the lies they are told and attach their own identity to a president in ways that are both inappropriate and irrational. But that’s the nature of people and has been a feature, to one degree or another, of the United States since Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were lying about each other and predicting the death of the republic if the other were elected president.
Read the rest here.