Jeanine Pirro, of FOX’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” spoke with Trump about the rumors that he fired FBI Director James Comey after asking if he “had his loyalty.”
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“People suggest the question that apparently the New York Times is selling,” she asked, “that you asked Comey whether or not you had his loyalty was possibly inappropriate.”
Trump unequivocally states, “No, I don’t think it’s inappropriate,” before attempting to qualify his answer.
Judge Jeanine, though, cuts him off to ask a pointed question.
“Did you ask that question?” she asked.
“No. No I didn’t, but I don’t think it would be a bad question to ask. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important. You know, I mean, it depends on how you define loyalty, number one—number two, I don’t know how it got there because I didn’t ask that question.”
What Trump seems unable to grasp is that “loyalty to the country… to the United States” is quite different than loyalty to one man—especially one who has, on multiple occasions, accosted the very principles for which this country stands.
Trump is being purposefully misleading to spin his conversation with Comey as the exact opposite of what it was. If Trump did ask Comey for loyalty, it was for assurance that he would protect Trump himself. Of course, by investigating Trump for possible illegal activities with Russia, Comey would have, in effect, already been protecting his country.
Trump continues his confused diatribe by alluding to the semantics of the word “loyalty.” It seems, however, that only one person is having any trouble defining “loyalty,” and it’s most certainly not the man leading an unprecedented investigation into possible collusion with a foreign adversarial power.
While Trump continues to talk himself into circles – with his own staff struggling and failing to keep up – he will only further implicate himself in what is perhaps the gravest scandal in the history of the United States.
Watch the exchange below:
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.