Former FBI Director James Comey might drive President Donald Trump into a meltdown, according to Axios founder Mike Allen.
In a Monday morning commentary, Allen noted that "The Trump Show" now seems to be going up against "The Comey Show," highlighting the press tour the former FBI director is doing around his recent tell-all book. The book tour is expected to go on for at least five weeks, and will likely "needle and gall President Trump amid global, legal and political crises."
Last week, promotions for Comey's ABC News interview were played for days on cable news outlets. The clips included Comey talking about the alleged tape that Russians might have of an incident with prostitutes in the presidential suite where former President Barack Obama and his wife once slept. Excerpts from Comey's book also include subtle digs at Trump's appearance and hand size, which has been a point of contention with reporters in the past.
Comey also argued in the ABC News interview that Trump is "morally unfit to be president." He also said Trump is a "person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly." Allen noted, Comey will likely repeat these statements to stay on message for his book tour, which means the president will be hammered by the message over and over again. Trump generally doesn't do well when he feels he is under siege.
Allen noted that Comey repeated nearly the same phrasing in a USA Today interview, in which he called Trump "someone who is able to see moral equivalence in Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they're pieces of meat and to lie constantly."
During the ABC interview, Comey advised Americans that "impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook ... People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values."
Polling has revealed that Americans see the former FBI director as a more credible source than the president, despite the GOP misinformation campaign that is running alongside Comey's tour.
The result could be more than a few Trump Twitter meltdowns or worse, result in the firing of many staffers, including special counsel Robert Mueller or deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.