Could it be that “the Comey firing is nothing to do with the Russia probe or the Clinton email server but is actually just a result of the president’s thin-skinned character?”
And if so, “would that be more or less alarming than Comey being fired in order to impede the Russia investigation, which is the case Democrats are making this week?”
New reporting from the Washington Post, and other US media outlets, which are the recipients of a huge amount of leaks this week, suggest Mr Trump was upset by the Comey testimony at the Senate last week.
What particularly angered him, the reports say, was Comey saying it made him “mildly nauseous” to think the FBI may have swayed the election.
This hit right at President Trump’s psychological weak spot — the legitimacy of his victory in the election.
Mr Trump frequently talks up the size of his win in November and often disparages people, or photos, or agencies that suggest he didn’t win big. He still does so, six months after the election.
But is being thin-skinned now getting in the way of his ability to do his job effectively? The sacking of James Comey might be evidence of that.