James Comey jokes about running for president in 2020 with bizarre tweet - and the internet is not here for it

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James Comey made a joke about running for president in 2020 and people were not here for it. Not even a little.

The former FBI director took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself standing serenely in the middle of the road, staring out in the distance. He captioned the zen photo: “I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020.”

Reactions online were pretty synonymous, and went along the lines of: "No, no, no, please, no."

What was the need for the tweet? Why?

Many saw the tweet as bad form, given the current political state of America.


Comey later came out and admitted it was an April Fool's Day joke. In a follow-up tweet, he said: "But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than hurl insults? Happy #AprilFools. ‘VoteDem2020."

Even though it was a joke, people are not OK.

Read the room, James.

Comey is a controversial figure in American politics. Many Democrats blame the former FBI director for Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential elections. Others support Comey, who they believe was unfairly fired by Donald Trump.

Either way though, they had the same thing to say about the joke: This ain’t it.

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