Most Americans believed the drama between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump was all about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and claims of possible obstruction.
But, here’s the real shocker: It was actually about an “abusive” and “predatory seducer” president sexually intimidating his “helpless” victim, Comey.
Yes, that’s right. President Trump behaved as if he wanted to get the 6-foot, 8-inch FBI director between the sheets.
Or at least it’s the truth according to New York Times columnist Nicole Serratore and Los Angeles Times writer Robin Abcarian. No actual evidence of that charge was provided by the writers.
Nonetheless, in her column, “James Comey and the predator in chief,” Serratore writes that Comey’s June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee reminded her of “the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss.”
“There was precisely that sinister air of coercion, of an employee helpless to avoid contact with an employer who is trying to grab what he wants,” she explains. “… For a woman who has spent a lifetime wrestling with situation where men have power they can abuse, this was disturbingly familiar.”
Serratore recalled President Trump’s “last-minute dinner invitation” to Comey on Jan. 27 and how the FBI director soon learned it would be “just the two of us.” In his testimony, Comey said he had to cancel his date with his wife to meet with Trump, and the “setup” made him “uneasy.”
When Comey participated in what Serratore called an “intimate dinner” with the president, Trump allegedly told Comey: “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”
“Mr Comey immediately recognized that this was a press for something he did not want to give,” Serratore writes, as if Trump had asked the FBI director to agree to a sexy romp under the table rather than a simple assurance that he would be faithful to his president.
Comey claims he didn’t move, speak or change his facial expression when an “awkward silence” followed President Trump’s request.
“That reaction – the choice of stillness, responses calculated to neither encourage nor offend that characterized so many of his dealings with Mr. Trump – is so relatable for any woman,” Serratore claims. “… During that interminable, awkward dinner, Mr. Comey struggled to convince Mr. Trump of that danger of ‘blurring’ boundaries. But Mr. Trump was not deterred and returned to the subject of the loyalty he must have. There you hear the eternal voice of the predatory seducer: the man who knows how hard he can make it for a woman to refuse his needs.”
The New York Times writer also recalls the time Comey reportedly tried to blend in with the White House curtains so President Trump wouldn’t notice him.
But Trump did see the FBI director and called him over, embracing Comey with a half hug. Comey’s friend said he was “disgusted” by the hug.
Serratore concludes: “With the power of the presidency at his disposal, Mr. Trump thought that he could use the psychology of coercive seduction on the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Victims of sexual harassment often face skepticism, doubts and accusations when they tell their story. That’s part of the predator’s power. But I’m here to tell James Comey, and all the women and men who have suffered at the hands of predators, I believe you.”
The L.A. Times’ Robin Abcarian echoed some of Serratore’s sentiments in her article: “Comey said he felt uneasy in meetings with Trump. Trump, he said, tried to get him alone, and then asked him to do things that made him squirm.”
But on Monday, it was clear talk-radio megastar Rush Limbaugh wasn’t buying one word of it:
According to the New York Times, Comey could not react to Trump at the time. He couldn’t man up. He couldn’t tell the president to stop. He couldn’t say, “No, Mr. President, I will not engage,” because he felt sexually intimidated. Now, Comey is 6’8″. He was hiding in the curtains in the Blue Room. Remember that? He was trying to blend in with the curtains so that Trump would not see him. He was so intimidated. Now the New York Times says that Comey was sexually intimidated!
This is the kind of thing we used to do parodies of. This is the kind of thing we used to make jokes about. We found out very quickly … It actually was not very quickly. We found out we should not have been laughing. We should have believed and understood these people really believe this stuff. …
When [the New York Times and Los Angeles Times writers] watched coach recount his experiences with Trump alone at dinner and in the Oval Office, it reminded them of what it feels like to be sexual harassed and surrounded and hit on by a bum, predatory male boss. So James Comey reminded them of a victimized woman, and to them it makes him a hero. To them, a six-foot eight guy — the FBI director, J. Edgar Comey — reminded them of a sexually harassed woman. What is a sexually harassed woman? A powerless, put-upon, set-upon victim. Poor James Comey! …
Apparently in today’s world, that’s a badge of honor, to be sexually harassed by some predator bum like Donald Trump. Apparently, it’s a badge of honor to be “cowardly.” It’s a badge of honor to be so frightened, you didn’t know what to say. It’s a badge of honor to lack courage because Donald Trump is such a bad guy; he can make anybody lose their courage.