There’s a certain frustration in being incredulous.
Or at least initially there is.
The trick is to turn that frustration into comedy by lampooning the people that generated the incredulity.
On Thursday, I was incredulous at attempts to spin James Comey’s testimony as something that “vindicated” Donald Trump.
I was especially appalled by the contention that Senator Jim Risch’s absurdly disingenuous line of questioning with regard to Donald Trump telling Comey he “hopes” the FBI will let the Flynn investigation drop, somehow “proved” that Trump didn’t obstruct justice. If you haven’t seen that clip, you really should watch it.
But circling back, you have to be able to turn incredulity into comedy. Because if you are incredulous about something, it necessarily means that you believe someone else has said something so stupid that it eludes attempts to explain it – “there are no words,” so to speak. But if you can find the words, the result is usually comedy gold.
If, on the other hand, you can’t find the words, it usually means that you were wrong to be incredulous and that you are in fact the stupid one. That’s why Donald Trump can’t turn his incredulity about separation of powers into tweets that are anything but angry-sounding – because separation of powers make sense. He’s the stupid one.
Well fortunately, we’ve been able to channel our incredulity about the reactions to Comey’s testimony into several humorous posts, the best of which is probably something we printed earlier today called “Trump Says “Totally Vindicated” By FBI Director Calling Him Unhinged Liar, Thanks Fox.”
One person who apparently isn’t incredulous when it comes to the Trump crowd’s penchant for persisting in the fantasy that they didn’t accidentally elect a man who was and still is involved in helping a hostile foreign power undercut Western democracy is former director of national intelligence James Clapper.
See, James is done with being incredulous. He’s accepted that people are stupid and unlike us, he doesn’t think there’s anything fucking funny about this anymore.
Watch below as Clapper delivers a sober assessment of what Comey’s testimony really revealed on the way to expressing a profound sense of concern about what it is that Trump is trying to do.