The media who cried wolf went to Defcon 1 when President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE announced on Tuesday that he was firing FBI Director James Comey. Cries of a constitutional crisis could be set to music, with additional lyrics including "Russia," "Nixonian," "Tuesday Night Massacre" and "cover up."
But it's painfully obvious these same Democrats would have wanted Comey gone if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE had been elected.
Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) May 9, 2017
"Maybe he's not in the right job," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Nov. 2 on CNN.
Cryin' Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party MORE stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
That's the percentage of Americans who have a favorable opinion of Comey, according to a Harvard-Harris Poll survey of registered voters provided exclusively to The Hill in March.
And Democrats like former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, who are "terrified" by Comey's abrupt termination on Tuesday night? The number drops to just 12 percent having a favorable view of the 56-year-old Comey.
To get a taste what hypocrisy not only looks like, but what it smells like, here's Mook on Twitter on Tuesday night reacting to Comey's ouster. That tweet was retweeted or liked more than 13,000 times.
But compare that with Mook back in March and you get a much different perspective:
So is Mook terrified by his own recommendation? The stench is overwhelming on this one.
It's time for Comey to remove himself from this too. His credibility is gone. https://t.co/szzhote15c— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) March 2, 2017
The same sentiment was shared by former Hillary Clinton communications director Brian Fallon, who went with this colorful analogy on CNN.
"The White House is peeing on our leg and saying it's raining outside," said Fallon.
Rewind to Fallon earlier this year reacting to the announcement of an investigation by the DOJ inspector general to examine whether the FBI failed to follow proper procedures and if it improperly released information about the Clinton probe.
"The deviations from the protocols at the FBI and the Justice department were so glaring and egregious," Fallon said in an interview on MSNBC, who added without evidence that if not for Comey's letter on October 27, Clinton would be president.
And then there was Kellyanne Conway's appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper, which paled in comparison to the deference and space Mook received yesterday evening.
"Your White House is saying that what [Comey] did was wrong, but previously, as a candidate, Donald Trump was saying it was the right thing," Cooper said to Conway regarding the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe.
"You're conflating two things that don't belong together," Conway said. "Thanks for the trip down memory lane, I was on your show often last fall saying we were going to win Michigan and how we were going to do it, so that was fun. But here's what happened today. Today, not in a campaign, in the White House, the president of the United States took decisive action..."
Cooper interrupted Conway before she could finish, "So, that person doesn't exist anymore? Candidate Donald Trump, that's a fictional character we're no longer allowed to refer to? We can now only refer to the Donald Trump who exists today?"
"Anderson, I'll ignore how unkind that is and all I'll say is that as president of the United States, he needs confidence in his FBI director and he doesn't have it," Conway replied.
“I’m not sure that many people believe this doesn’t restore confidence in the FBI,” Cooper shot back. “In fact, a lot of people are raising questions about saying that it destroys people’s confidence in the FBI.”
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