Conservative pollster Frank Luntz ran a focus group for ABC's "Nightline" on the night of James Comey's first televised interview promoting his new book, and the results weren't pretty from either side of the political spectrum.
Respondents called Comey "weak," "manipulative" and "petty," among other things, and Comey's inability to remember where he was on Election Night 2016 elicited unanimous disapproval from the group.
"'I don't remember. I didn't vote.' I thought he looked like a complete moron," one member said.
"Probably his weakest moment was when he didn't know where he was on election night. That some of the things he couldn't answer, as FBI director he should have been able to answer. That was a negative," Luntz told ABC's "Nightline."
Each member of Luntz's focus group had a dial to react to everything Comey said in real time.
The group also nearly universally panned Comey's description of Donald Trump's appearance during his ABC interview. Luntz said that hurt Comey's credibility.
"As someone who advises people … I tell them, never talk about someone's appearance. No matter how mad you are about them, it never works out well for you," Luntz told ABC.
However, two main points of common ground were found - unanimously - along partisan lines in the focus group:
- Trump should not be impeached.
- Comey should not have been fired.
"Significant," Luntz said. "And that's something the president ought to pay attention to. They thought it was the wrong decision, and they feel that Trump is responsible for the consequences."
And nearly unanimous is that neither Democrats or Republicans in the group knew who to trust - Comey or Trump.
"I find it hard to trust either one of them at this point," one panelist said.
"They all retreated to their traditional tribes," Luntz told ABC. "In the end, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so for what he's done to Trump, they're willing to forgive what (Comey) did to [Hillary] Clinton."
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