To say that the president has become known for his Twitter outbursts would be a massive understatement. His incessant tweeting has come to define his presidency; his tweets have already been used against him in court and, considering the pace with which he continues to post tweets and attempt to enact legally questionable policy, it’s not a given that Trump’s tweets won’t pop up again in a courtroom sometime soon.
As a part of the all-around belligerence that has come to mark Trump’s time in office, he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey back in May, but it’s not as though Trump could make Comey fade from relevance that easily.
On Wednesday, the day after credibly accused pedophile and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was soundly defeated in Alabama by Democrat Doug Jones, Comey took to Twitter with a comment relevant to the present state of belligerent GOP power grabbing in the U.S., although he didn’t mention anyone by name.
Comey simply posted a quote, as he’s done time and time again in the past, wielding historical knowledge against those who would do nothing but repeat history’s greatest mistakes.
He posted a message reading:
‘“Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. … Most people can bear adversity; but if you wish to know what a man really is give him power. “ Robert G. Ingersoll (1883, speaking of Lincoln)’
Comey’s observation applies to a number of relevant situations.
Most infamously, perhaps, is the fact that although some suggested that Trump would, at some point, become more reserved in his behavior, he’s done no such thing. Rather, power has simply fed his delusions of grandeur.
For instance, just this week, the president made disgusting remarks about Democratic U.S. Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter after she suggested that he should do as others accused of sexual assault and misconduct have done and resign from his position.
Trump wrote on Twitter that Gillibrand “would do anything” for campaign contributions.
Similar to how the president dismissed the allegations of sexism following his comment that Megyn Kelly looked like she had “blood coming out of her wherever,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed allegations of Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand being inappropriate by saying, “Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way.”
Gillibrand, for her part, wasn’t fazed by the president’s tweet.
Comey’s tweet could also easily apply to the case of Roy Moore, who used his power as a justice on the Alabama State Supreme Court to advance his petty personal agenda. He secretly put up a Ten Commandments statue on state property in the dead of night and was eventually removed from his position.
There are, of course, no doubt many more cases that Comey’s tweet could apply to, including positive ones, like the apparently level-headed Wednesday morning congressional testimony of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is the one who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russia investigation following Comey’s firing. Comey didn’t note what he had in mind Wednesday.
Check out Twitter’s response to Comey below.
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