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Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb treats the Russia investigation as a comic book

President Trump thinks the Russia investigation is pointless. If you have any doubt, look at the statements of his lawyer, Ty Cobb. No, not the content — the font.

After Lt. General Michael Flynn pled guilty and became a cooperating witness, Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb released this statement:

Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.

The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.

On the face of it this seems simple. It implies that Flynn’s testimony won’t touch Trump, which is what you’d expect from a lawyer. But take a closer look. Here’s the actual statement in its original form:

Yes, that’s Comic Sans, the preferred font of comic book letterers and 13-year-olds everywhere. And yes, this is how the actual statement looked, according to Bloomberg’s national political reporter Sahil Kapur:


Here’s the guy who issued that statement — a descendant of the great and nasty Ty Cobb who terrified other baseball players in the early twentieth century:

Photo: Hogan Lovells

Is Trump trolling us?

What is Trump’s lawyer telling us by issuing his statements in this ludicrously unprofessional format?

He is telling us that he does not take this issue seriously, and neither should we.

Times New Roman (originally designed for the Times of London, not the “failing” New York Times) is the establishment choice. Trump rejects the establishment and his lawyer rejects their fonts.

If you are ready to accept the new reality — where the leader of HUD is a brain surgeon with no housing background, the Washington Post’s allegations of pedophilia against Judge and Senate candidate Roy Moore are “fake news,” and Infowars’ Alex Jones has the inside story — then this lawyer is speaking to you with his antiestablishment font choices.

If not, then you’re not in his audience and he doesn’t care about your opinion.

Presentation matters

I spend every day talking about how your words tell people who you are, and how to choose them wisely.

Watch your presentation as well. How you look, how your Web site is designed, and what font you use tell people about you as well. Make sure the meta-message you are sending matches your actual message.

And please don’t use Comic Sans unless you’re writing a comic book.

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  1. Ummm… no comic book letterer would ever use Comic Sans unless they were completely sans common sense and professional pride. They would be roundly and justly mocked for doing so unless it was done for obvious satiric purposes. While it looks like a comic book font, it is not designed for, nor is it suitable for, the special needs of comic book lettering.

    See: http://www.remindblog.com/2010/04/01/avoid-comic-sans/ for some reasons why

    1. I apologize to all the hardworking comic book writers out there. Thanks for pointing out my error.

      It may be bad for comic books, but it’s ludicrous for legal statements.

  2. Some of the latest surveys indicate Comic Sans is one of the most loathed typefaces known to man. If I find the survey I’ll send it to you…