Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is an explosive development, perhaps even a game changer, which will surely accelerate his impeachment and, or imprisonment as everyone wonders what he has to hide.
But in the midst of this drama, Trump has managed to provide us with light entertainment by riddling his possibly historic letter to Comey with spelling and grammar errors.
Now, the whole world knows by now that Trump struggles with getting his punctuation, spelling and grammar right even when his ambitions are limited to Twitter messages consisting of 140 characters.
Dictionary Merriam-Webster has even started correcting his errors, pointing out that Trump meant counsel and not council during one recent Tweet.
So, you can imagine the challenge of composing a complex sentence. Especially when he had to pen a letter in between screaming at television clips about the probe, which is what Trump did, according to an aide.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation,” Trump wrote to Comey making a claim about what Comey said to him that could well be a lie, “I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
Let’s overlook Trump’s spelling mistake (judgement for judgment, and to be fair I make the same mistake). We won’t bother about his split infinitive either (to effectively lead) or his failure to capitalize bureau as in the Bureau.
Let’s just put our heads together and try to puzzle out the meaning of his subordinate clause and independent clause, and how these two could possibly relate to each other.
To me the two parts of this odd sentence yield the meaning “because you are investigating me, you are not able to lead the Bureau effectively.”
Somewhat incriminating, no? I mean, Trump is admitting that the termination of Comey’s contract is linked to his handling of an investigation into his Russia ties. What do you think?
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.”