Somebody really doesn't understand what being President of the United States means:
“The President of the United States confers with his team on any number of personnel decisions,” [Kellyanne Conway] said. “You want to question the timing of when he hires, when he fires — it’s inappropriate.”
“Basically [Trump] is saying, ‘I’m firing Comey for doing the things that got me elected because I’m afraid people are going to find out who did the rest of the things to get me elected’,” the [senior law enforcement] official said.And in slightly other news:
The official is certainly not convinced that Trump was disturbed by Comey’s departure from the usual Department of Justice protocol in his pursuit of the president’s political opponent.
“If that’s the case, then why the f—- did you wait five and a half months to fire him?” the official asked. “The real reason is he’s inching closer to Trump. He’s getting uncomfortably close to people who are uncomfortably close.”
Meanwhile, an official who was at FBI headquarters on Tuesday tried to joke off the late afternoon shock, asking: “Does the president have the power to fire the FBI director?”Is that too harsh? Really? The President wrote three tweets to deride a sitting Senator of the United States:
He answered: “President Putin can fire anybody. If Putin can put Trump in the White House, he can get rid of the FBI director."
And there is a spreadsheet of all the Twitter responses from Congress about this firing. A quick scan reveals Democratic responses exceed Republican ones by a wide margin. There are 18 GOP responses, by my count, 168 from Democrats. A few GOP responses are critical, more are supportive, but by and large, Republicans are silent. Even among the 18, most are anodyne references to a carefully prepared statement.What would you say if you saw this in another country? https://t.co/IFqdymg0gz— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) May 10, 2017
I suppose if this were happening in another country they'd be more emboldened.