Comey on Trump: The Biggest Example of Projection in American History

According to the Washington Post’s characterization of fired FBI Director James Comey, “Comey describes [President] Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego.”

Comey wrote that interacting with Trump gave him “flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”

Comey would know. Because the Obama administration he now defends was filled with such characteristics. We know that for a fact. We have solid evidence. The sneering retort of “you didn’t build that” to America’s productive geniuses by President Obama. That certainly qualifies as an us-versus-them worldview. The refusal to negotiate with Republicans on anything — not that spineless Republicans made it necessary. The promises that you could keep your health insurance policies. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton as having no other purpose than to discuss grandchildren, something Comey hints at as a lie in his forthcoming book. The dossiers on Donald Trump and anyone else the Obama administration considered “un-American” — that is to say, a political dissident in the dictatorship they were preparing for us all.

If Donald Trump is all of the things James Comey says he is — a control freak, a liar, an adversarial narcissist — then he has described everyone in Washington DC that Donald Trump was elected to expose. This includes James Comey, who went back and forth in the 2016 election as if he couldn’t make up his mind which candidate was going to win, trying to hedge his bets on the most probable winner. This includes Comey, who leaked information selectively to feed the “us-versus-them” narrative to suit his interests, not the interests of justice.

James Comey did more to shamelessly and openly politicize the FBI than anyone in the agency’s history. In order to be the kind of man the evidence shows him to be, he’d have to be the kind of man he now claims Donald Trump is — without any evidence other than subjective opinion.

“It takes one to know one,” as many of us used to say as children. Actually, the better phrase would be, “You see in others what you know of yourself.” It’s psychological projection. You rush to identify in others — with little or no evidence — what you already know to be true of yourself, what the evidence proves about yourself but you struggle not to know, via denial and evasion.

That certainly applies to the Prince of the D.C. Swamp, James Comey. Anyone who listens to him has already abandoned critical thinking on the subject of what a just, reasonable and proper government ought to do. The kind of political gamesmanship masquerading as “justice” exhibited by the pitiful Comey was the very thing our Founders hoped our Constitution would protect us from.

If James Comey has any legacy worth considering, it’s whether or not we even should have an FBI. If this is the kind of man such an agency spawns, we shouldn’t.

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