Although most Americans – and even members of Trump’s own party – were shocked by the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Trump actually foreshadowed this week’s events in his book, “Art of the Deal.”
In Trump’s ghostwritten book, one section says:
“Just compare that with all the hundreds of “respectable” guys who make careers out of boasting about their uncompromising integrity but have absolutely no loyalty. They think only about what’s best for them and don’t think twice about stabbing a friend in the back if the friend becomes a problem.”
In Art of the Deal, foreshadowing of Comey firing:
Trump disdains 'respectable' guys with integrity, but who have no "loyalty" pic.twitter.com/VLIZ3gvXyo
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 12, 2017
What Trump seems to miss is the fact that the Director of the FBI is not there to be loyal to the President of the United States, especially one whose actions can be viewed as antagonistic to the country. The United States is not the mafia, but rather a democracy protected by a system of checks and balances. By investigating Trump’s possible collusion with a foreign adversarial power, James Comey was utilizing that very system to protect this country.
Apparently unbeknownst to Trump, he is not an autocratic ruler and those serving the United States do not swear an oath to protect him. Like his many businesses that failed using the same principles outlined in “Art of the Deal,” Trump is already leading the United States down the same dark path.
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.