This isn’t what Democrats were hoping for.
As more details emerge from memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his personal dealings with President Donald Trump, the president’s critics on the left have been looking for anything to back up their wildest fantasies about Trump’s unfitness for office.
Instead, one memo is debunking one of the most damaging stories about Trump’s early days in the White House — and backing up his arguments about “fake news” at the same time.
For Trump, it’s a win-win situation.
Fox News Washington correspondent Ed Henry brought out the salient point Thursday during an interview with Fox host Sean Hannity about the Comey memos.
Besides noting that the memos contained no word to substantiate the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign, Henry pointed out how one Comey memo helped Trump on a different topic.
Readers might remember that in August of last year, the anti-Trump zealots were aflame with indignation over a remark Trump allegedly made on a golf course in New Jersey.
As first published on Golf.com by Sport Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuk, Trump supposedly disparaged the White House as a “dump” compared to his own spacious properties.
Check out Henry’s interview here. The “dump” part starts about the 1:50 mark.
Henry told Hannity:
“There’s a point in here where Comey recaps a January, late January 2017 dinner, and he says among other things the president was talking about, the, quote, ‘extraordinary luxury of the White House (which he favorably compared to Mar-a-Lago)’ of course, his estate in Palm Beach.
“Why do I mention that? Remember there was this story that came out saying that the president had allegedly said the White House is a ‘dump,’ he can’t stand it. It’s not as good as his properties. The president at the time said ‘this is fake news. I never said that.’
“James Comey now in one of these memos, Sean, is saying the president at dinner said the White House was quite luxurious and better than Mar-a-Lago. So I don’t know what version of events you can believe.”
Henry was being a little coy there. He knows exactly what version of events to believe, and it’s not the one where Trump called the White House a “dump.”
Of all the anti-Trump stories that have made the rounds since he upset Hillary Clinton in 2016, that “dump” remark about what most Americans consider to be a national treasure has been one of the most popular among the left.
For Trump-haters, it confirms the president’s “one percent” status, a patrician who looks down on a perquisite of the office that is a byword for luxury throughout the world. The White House is a physical symbol of the presidency like no other — even Air Force One is a poor second place.
Of course, MSNBC’s Joy Reid piled on, too.
“What would have happened if Barack Obama had said such a thing about the White House?” she asked. Maybe Reid forgot that Michelle Obama once called the White House a “prison”? (Even CNN reported that one. It was apparently meant as a joke.)
So Trump critics were hoping the Comey memos would provide a treasure trove of information that will damage the Trump presidency, but instead they’re actually buttressing it.
As Henry pointed out, the memos contain no direct evidence of collusion, and with this dinner anecdote about Trump’s remark about how “luxurious” the White House is, Comey is debunking one of the left’s favorite fantasies about the president.
All in all, it’s not what they were hoping for at all.
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