Thursday, April 12, 2018


In Philip Rucker's Washington Post write-up of James Comey's book, this passage jumps out at me:
After one week as president, Trump invited Comey to dinner. Comey describes the scene on Jan. 27: The table in the Green Room was set for two. The president marveled at the fancy handwriting on the four-course menu placards and seemed unaware of the term calligrapher.
We know that conservatives are going to go after Comey's book with everything they've got. This suggests to me how at least some of them will go after him.

They're going to attack him as an elitist snob. Also consider this, from AP's story about the book:
The 6-foot-8 Comey describes Trump as shorter than he expected with a “too long” tie and “bright white half-moons” under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles. He also says he made a conscious effort to check the president’s hand size, saying it was “smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.”
Comey criticizes for Trump for apparently not knowing what a calligrapher is. He criticizes the length of Trump's ties. He mocks his hands and his personal grooming.

Right-wing pundits are going to write this up with this message: When Comey mocks Trump, he's mocking you, Trump supporters. He looks down on Trump. He considers Trump his inferior. He thinks Trump is stupid and tacky and we can assume he thinks you're stupid and tacky.

I personally believe that a guy who either doesn't know what a calligrapher is or is surprised to see calligraphy on a menu card at a White House dinner is too ignorant, too unworldly, to be president. What else has gone completely over his head in 71 years on this earth?

But the right will say that this contempt is the elite's revenge on an honorable man of the people. The GOP is a party of grievance collectors, and this will be one more grievance.

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