Comey’s Comeback About Trump: “Judge Me By the Enemies I Have Made”

Published on January 12, 2019 by Athena Pallas

After getting yet another barrage of personal and juvenile insults from President Trump today, former FBI Director James Comey came back with a stinging retort much more mature in form. That retort was a quote from former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” Indeed, Trump certainly acts like an enemy of Comey’s and Trump is a liar, a narcissist, a bully, an isolationist, and an anti-environmentalist who denies facts. So, by the quote, having an enemy who is extremely objectionable may give you cause to judge a person positively.

Trump lashed out at Comey again today as a result of yesterday’s New York Times report that Trump’s firing of Comey, and Trump’s behavior and comments shortly thereafter, led the FBI to open an investigation in May of 2017 into the possibility that Trump was operating at the direction of Russia, either by intention or by ignorance, making him a potential national security threat. The public had been aware that an investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump began at that point, and possible collusion by his campaign had been under investigation since July of 2016, but this is the first we have heard of a direct investigation of Trump for possible collusion that early in the going. In response, among at least a dozen tweets already so far today, Trump lashed out at the “failing New York Times” and Comey, calling Comey a “total sleaze”, a “crooked cop” and using his “Lyin’ James Comey” nickname again. According to The Hill:

Former FBI Director James Comey shared a quote from former President Franklin D. Roosevelt about judging one by the enemies they make after President Trump issued his latest round of attacks aimed at Comey on Saturday…Trump’s latest criticism (of Comey) followed a late Friday report from The New York Times detailing how the agency launched an investigation into whether Trump was acting on the direction of Russia after firing Comey in 2017. After ousting Comey from the FBI, Trump told NBC News at the time that the decision was made due to Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation. The Times reports that the decision and Trump’s subsequent explanation so alarmed FBI agents that a probe was immediately launched focusing on the president himself.

Trump had tweeted a string of four tweets railing against both the New York Times and Comey earlier today, writing, “Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!…Funny thing about James Comey. Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike. After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn’t know anything (a lie),……..the FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey’s poor leadership and the way he handled the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the Justice Department). My firing of James Comey was a great day for America. He was a Crooked Cop………..who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats – leaking machines who have NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Just Watch!”

Trump’s invective was a repeat of claims he has made many times, many of which are not supported by facts. What was more noteworthy than the rambling content, which was a repeat, was the volume written and the tone, both of which suggest that Trump is in a quite agitated state. Comey came back in response with one simple sentence, that quote from FDR, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

Comey does, however, have a few enemies on the other side of the aisle, as some view Comey’s decision to reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just 11 days before the 2016 presidential as leading to her defeat in that election. Others take a more charitable view of Comey on the subject. Those two opposing reactions could be seen in responses to Comey’s tweet today in which one person described Comey’s tweet as “SAVAGE yet in the most polite, patriotic and intellectual way possible. Will done Sir, will done”, which led another to respond “Not quite as savage as reopening the (Clinton email) investigation the week before the election tho”.

Featured image of James Comey from 2016 via Wikimedia Commons.