We were hoping that the firing of former FBI director James Comey, like most bombshell scandals that threaten to bring down the president and perhaps America itself, would burn out after one week of blanket media coverage.
President Trump, however, ensured the story will live on another week with his tweet Friday mentioning “tapes,” which inspired Keith Olbermann to declare, “Trump’s presidency is about to end.”
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Now we’re wishing we’d bought stock in the sure-fire growth industry of stories comparing Trump to Richard Nixon. By Friday afternoon, the Washington Post had published its entry about Trump’s long history of secretly recording calls, which included this anecdote, highlighted by the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale:
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 13, 2017
— Theresa (@stgh386) May 13, 2017
— Mata Hari (@Socratic1) May 13, 2017
@ddale8 meaning a mike in the Oval Office, meaning everything is recorded.
— Betty Aberlin (@bettyaberlin) May 13, 2017
Don't worry, it was just telekinesis. https://t.co/wAXqw4p2Iy
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) May 13, 2017
That’s a bombshell, no doubt. Unless … didn’t we just read somewhere that Trump has a red button on his desk he can push to order a Diet Coke?
@CuffyMeh Doesn't he have a button to order Coke?
— Mike (@BakerSevenZero) May 13, 2017
We vaguely recall the story, but we can’t remember where we saw it: was it Architectural Digest or the Straits Times of Singapore?
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) April 25, 2017
— Esquire (@esquire) April 25, 2017
— Raw Story (@RawStory) April 26, 2017
— The Independent (@Independent) April 26, 2017
Donald Trump has a red button to get a butler to bring him Coke https://t.co/rAXDOdvhpj
— Metro (@MetroUK) April 26, 2017
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 26, 2017
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) April 26, 2017
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) April 26, 2017
— HuffPost Weird News (@HuffPostWeird) April 26, 2017
— The Straits Times (@STcom) April 27, 2017
Watch the nerve-racking moment Stephen Colbert discovers the purpose of Trump's 'red button' https://t.co/YQ52EVeuw4
— TIME (@TIME) April 27, 2017
President Donald Trump has made one unusual addition to the famed Resolute Desk: https://t.co/Acdgo2lvoe
— Architectural Digest (@ArchDigest) April 27, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) April 27, 2017
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 28, 2017
Donald Trump has a big red button on his desk – but it doesn't do what you might thinkhttps://t.co/ZvbemYnhvj
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) April 28, 2017
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) April 28, 2017
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) April 28, 2017
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 28, 2017
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) April 29, 2017
— Slate (@Slate) April 30, 2017
— U.S. News (@usnews) April 30, 2017
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 1, 2017
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Howard Kurtz counts the seconds before comparisons to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, is still too slow https://t.co/IQU9ciNyLs
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 31, 2017