Analysis of a Tweet

“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he  starts leaking to the press,” the president of the United States tweeted.

So many questions.  Let’s start with these first four  words, James Comey better hope…this is so totally reminiscent of 6th grade, I am a bit surprised that men over the age of 20 would use that particular phraseology at all, unless perhaps ironically.  It is, at least linguistically, and in  the great majority of actual instances, the emptiest of threats.

Why had he better hope?  What are you  going to do?  Send a hit squad?  Swamp him with bitter, bitter tweets at 2 a.m. for the  rest of his  life?  Fire him some more?  Blackmail, maybe?
And then, an even bigger question.  Does Trump not actually know whether or  not  there are such tapes?  Who’s in charge over there, anyway?
Then there’s the quote mark around tapes (i.e. “tapes”) which looks a bit weird but, I ‘ll give him a pass on that.

Now, let’s get to the  meat of the matter.  First, what did Comey say, or admit to,  in that meeting that he should be afraid of having it revealed?   If Trump knows, and he must, having been present, (although  I guess that’s not entirely a foregone conclusion), why hasn’t he gone ahead with the reveal already?

The most important question, though, is  what does  Comey  have to go to the press with?
This is the can of worms that has been opened.

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