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Dear Connor,

Conceptually — at least — I like to be fair. Consequently, both of us have had employees, which also means we’ve had to fire people. Although necessary, it isn’t fun, and I bet you wouldn’t argue if I claimed that even when the person deserves it, you still lose sleep over their impending plight. I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say I have never fired an employee over one infraction. There might be a final offense — regardless, there is always more than one.

Except for reality TV, which — and this may come as a surprise to many — is actually a dramatization, Donald Trump is more than likely the same. By the time he fires someone, he’s like my mom was — “fed-up” — and there are several grounds for dismissal. Everyone knows that. Many businesses have a three-strike system; some allow even more. This is the norm, and there is nothing unusual about it.

So, why did Trump and his White House staff receive a multitude of accusations about inconsistencies and giving more than one reason for Comey’s dismissal? I believe every reason given was true. There was more than one piece of rationale to consider. At long last, he finalized the deal on his own.

Director Comey’s last testimony before the committee, in my opinion, was plenty to shed enough doubt to justify the ends. His self-righteous, out-of-touch testimony was simply the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Really, he came across more than a little like he had been fraternizing a bit too much with the jailbirds.

Until then, I was a Comey fan, but his performance that day made him seem unbalanced and sanctimonious. During the hearing, I actually thought of the lyrics to the song by the Bee Gees, “I Started a Joke.” It was a little sad and a whole lot creepy.

No doubt, the chatter around Comey’s dismissal is contrived. At one time or another, every Republican, Democrat, and media person has wondered about him and his ability to do his job. And everyone who watched that hearing surely felt a little uncomfortable about him.

And that’s what I think about that!



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