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Subtext is always a particularly interesting thing to analyze, particularly when the speaker is in politics. The goal of politicians, of course, is to obfuscate the truth behind soaring or damning rhetoric while never saying what they actually mean.
James Comey wasn’t supposed to be a politician. After all, the role of the FBI director is supposed to be a nonpartisan one. However, the S.S. “A Higher Loyalty” clearly left the dock on that one a long time ago, so here we are parsing Comey’s words for the meaning underneath the surface.
Appearance - Street - Y - New - York
Take his appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sunday, where he came up with a very nice way of saying he was afraid of impeaching President Donald Trump because his supporters might not go away then.
“I hope Donald Trump is not removed from office by impeachment because it would let the country off the hook,” Comey said.
Plebes - Bad - America
There you go again, plebes. Bad, bad America!
You let Comey down, and he’s not letting you off the hook. You’d better do the work to make him happy again!
Comey - Fabric - Nation - Third - People
Comey said he also didn’t want this to happen because “it would drive into the fabric of our nation a third of the people believing there was a coup.
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Moment - Inflection - Ourselves - Attack - Values
“And we need a moment of inflection where we all get off the couch and say, ‘That is not who we are,’ and in a landslide rid ourselves of this attack on our values,” he concluded.
Let’s break this statement down from its current, rehearsed-to-death form and reveal the actual arguments therein.
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