Democrats and the Comey sacking: No standards at all.

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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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My friend Chris Plante, who does a morning talk show on WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C., has the line of the year. Says Chris,

If it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.”

The most recent example of this verity comes in the wake of President Trump’s sacking of FBI director James Comey. Democrats are in full screech. They are comparing it to the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre” of 1973 in which President Richard Nixon forced the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In that vein, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for a special prosecutor.

“We are in a full-fledged  constitutional crisis,” says Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii. Chris Matthews on ever-more-unhinged MSNBC says he detects a “whiff of fascism” in the air. USA Today’s editorial page calls the firing “worse than breaking a law.”

Someone please tell these lefties to take a deep breath. There is no constitutional crisis. There is nothing fascistic at work. Comparisons to the Archibald Cox firing are laughable.

It is no more complicated than this. If the president loses confidence in any director of any agency in the executive branch, the president has the absolute right – one might even argue, the duty – to fire that individual.

With that said, I concede that President Trump could have been an order of magnitude more artful. The way the firing was handled unnecessarily gave Democrats an exploitable issue.

James Comey should not have found out about his sacking via TV reports while in Los Angeles giving a speech to his own employees. There would be less hysteria (not none, mind you, but perhaps less) if Mr. Trump had summoned Comey to the White House and given him the news in a face-to-face meeting. The much vaunted “optics” surrounding the way the Comey firing was handled do not work in the president’s favor. And they certainly don’t work in favor of those in the heartland of the country who want to support and defend President Trump.

But with that said, the president had every right to do what he did. (Again, one might argue, the duty.)

If the Democrats want us to believe that Mr. Trump fired Comey in order to thwart the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, they need to quit comparing Comey’s firing to the ‘Saturday Night Massacre.’ They need to remember that Archibald Cox was replaced by Leon Jaworski, who went on to hound Richard Nixon from office as surely as Archibald Cox would have. If there are any goods on Donald Trump, firing Comey will do nothing to keep them from coming to light and Donald Trump knows it.

Here’s the truth. The Democrats were for James Comey in July 2016 before they were against him in late October before they were for him in early November before they were against him when Hillary lost before they were for him again this past Tuesday.

Like Chris Plante said, double standards standing in for no standards at all.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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7 Responses

  1. L Miles says:

    Obama filled the swamp with thousands of bureaucratic alligators that spawn faster than Trump’s ability, so far, to kill them off. Trump needs to enlist a “drain and eradication squad” to escalate the war and do it quickly. Otherwise, we will be plagued with never ending “fake news” stories by the “fake media” that will feed the Democrat alligators and sympathizers in Washington so they can diminish everything that Trump tries to do for the next 4 years.

    There is no compromise with, or appeasement of, the alligators that are operating off of their Marxist extinct to seek and destroy Trump. He is in an ideological (religious) war. It is not subject to reasonable arguments among reasonable men. They are out to destroy him – he MUST destroy them first, or be destroyed by them. Trump won the election and the Democrats and their bureaucratic (Marxist) sympathizers will NOT accept that fact both in government and in the vast majority of the media.

  2. Texas_Sherry says:

    Plus, now the democrats are acting as if Comey, as Director of the FBI, was personally doing the Russia investigating. The key word would be “Director” which means he only received reports from people who supervised people who actually did the investigating.

  3. Linda E Montrose says:

    Where was all this concern when obama was running for office? Standards? Democrats do not know what the words mean. Where was their concern for following the CONSTITUTION when obama was running? We were in a full blown Constitutional crisis under obama. Where was their concern??? Where was their concern for the Constitution when in the dead of night obamacare was passed amid all kinds of protests from 70% of the PEOPLE??? Comey? He needed firing immediately when President Trump was sworn into office. That is the only problem I see. It should have been done sooner. Where was all the democrats concerns for standards when obama over ran all protests and passed everything with EO’s??? You don’t like it, I will pass it anyway…like it or lump it. NOW, the democrats are carrying on like little children when President Trump fires a man who DESERVES firing. If the truth be known, 90% of congress should be fired as well!!! Can you imagine the wailing about that????

  4. Seen how ever-more-unhinged MSNBC is doing against Fox News in the ratings over the last month?

    http://www.newsweek.com/how-popular-trump-latest-approval-rating-white-supporters-flee-president-607478

  5. james k summers says:

    the President has the “right” to eradicate the “snake in the Grass” even if another says, hey look there is a snake in the grass! Democrats are mad because they are “double-minded” , turn their heads around anything that is distasteful; rather than take a stand for the Truth, let them not receive anything, i believe some where something to that effect. Ah! Yes book of James, brother of Jesus 6-9…..For he That wavereth, is like a wave of the Sea,driven with the wind (Democrats) and tossed.For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord. a DOUBLE MINDED MAN IS UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAY! Thank You Mr. President!

  6. C M Solomon says:

    After seeing the spectacle of Left-wing hysteria at the White House Daily “Press” briefings last week as the Administration was subjected to an inquisition by the hostile MSM regarding the firing of the FBI director James Comey, I believe the Daily Briefings should be cancelled as has been suggested by President Trump himself. The Briefing should be replaced by a basic summary (8 minute reading – no questions) from a Report that is published by the Executive Department detailing the issues and accomplishments that are being addressed every day. Questions in writing can be submitted for the next meeting and addressed if sensible and relevant to the last report.

    Why give these Alligators of Fake News Propaganda the time-of-day much less answer their inane, foolish, and insane questions? These propagandists are trying to MAKE news according to their agenda to destroy anything that Trump was elected to do by any character assassination trick in the book. They are NOT journalists searching for REAL news that expose corruption in the Washington Swamp. They are the AUTHORS of the corruption and its cover-up as they cozy-up to the politicians that they are trying to mentor for their Left-wing causes.

    If I were an artist I would paint a picture of the gallery of “correspondents” in the press room with 95% of their pathetic faces with an Alligator head. For further effect, I would paint the room as a swamp with walls and snakes hanging from the ceiling girders with a sign on the door saying: “The Swamp Gallery – Enter at Your Own Risk.”

  7. Al Mariani says:

    I want to take a moment to compliment you on a well thought out commentary concerning the Comey dismissal. Any thoughtful person who pays even the slightest amount of attention, can recognize the duplicity of our leaders. What is lacking for concerned citizens like myself is a road map detailing stop points where we can evidence our disdain by contacting such organizations as CNN and MSNBC. Perhaps you could spearhead a movement that would assemble contact information for these groups and our leaders making easier for us to reach out and express our thoughts.

    Once again, thank you for your commentary.

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