From the right and the left, there are always figures that the other side despises. The left might support someone and the right will consistently attack them. The right stands with somebody, and the left seeks to tear them down. If half the nation loves you, it is likely that the other half will hate you in the political world. However, this is not always the case. Former FBI Director James Comey managed to achieve hatred from both sides of the political spectrum at some point in time. Both sides flipped on stances, and unfortunately for Comey, he was right in the middle of it.
James Comey first enraged the right when he recommended that no charges be placed upon Hillary Clinton. On July 5th, the Director stated, “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” The left adored him and consistently cited his lack of zeal for prosecution when defending the Democratic candidate’s actions with her emails. The Republican party was not at all pleased, and many believed that Hillary Clinton would slip through the system. It was thought that this marked a new day for corruption in America, as apparently some people are just above the law. I will confess to taking part in the depressing view that Hillary Clinton had achieved such a status that she was above prosecution. Despite obvious breaches in law and conduct, she was totally free.
The then FBI Director took hits from the right for some time leading up to November. Then, on October 28, the FBI reopened Hillary Clinton’s case. She was once again in danger from the law, and this came as a consequence of a new batch of discovered emails. John Podesta, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, complained that the reopening, “refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.” The Republican party swiftly turned around and supported Director Comey for reopening the case. Personally, I had mixed feelings at the time and wondered if it was just too late. I have never really liked Director Comey, and I have been upset by his first action of not recommending prosecution. This was not a 180 turn for me or for several others in the Republican party, but it was for many more. The Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, blamed this reopening in addition to Russian hacking as the reasons why they lots the election. They were quite upset!
Ever since the election took place, the left continued to slam the FBI Director. Nancy Pelosi previously attacked James Comey stating, “Maybe he’s not in the right job … I think that we have to just get through this election and just see what the casualties are along the way.” Chuck Schumer stated in the November prior, “I do not have confidence in him [James Comey] any longer,” and described the actions as, “appalling.” His response on May 9th to the firing of James Comey totally turned from the previous narrative. When the topic of firing the Director arose, Schumer claims that he told Trump, “Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake.” He implies a coverup of the FBI stating, “Were these investigations getting too close to home for the President?” Suddenly, James Comey turns into an investigative super hero who was struck down by President Trump shortly before he righteously informed the public of Trump’s transgressions.
The narrative constantly changes. It does not matter what one has said in the past, because those words were only to garner votes and sympathy at that time. For political honesty and efficiency, we must hold everyone accountable for what they have said and done. These people must explain their swapping on stances and opinions.
Author: James Kurlich
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