Former FBI Director James Comey is one of the most polarizing political figures of the decade.
He’s widely reviled by Conservatives for criticism against his former boss, President Donald Trump. Trump’s decision to fire Comey while the then-FBI director was investigating Trump campaign officials’ correspondence with Russia was seen by many—including Comey himself—as possible obstruction of justice.
Not to mention, Democrats haven’t forgotten Comey’s public announcement right before the 2016 election that a new batch of emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had been discovered, reinvigorating doubts about Clinton’s security practices despite a years-long investigation that found no criminal wrongdoing. The emails turned out to be innocuous, but many believe the announcement was the deciding factor in Donald Trump’s 2016 upset victory, including Hillary Clinton herself.
Nevertheless, Comey decided to tweet this on the first of April:
I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1
— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
As it turns out, two and a half years wasn’t enough time to mend the wounds of the 2016 election. The tweet was seen by many as insult to the injury of two Novembers ago.
lol it's funny because you installed Donald Trump by doing your job improperly
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) April 1, 2019
It’s all so funny isn’t it, this mess that’s almost entirely your fault.
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) April 1, 2019
You are responsible for ruining the election that @HillaryClinton would have won if you had kept out of it.
— bem (@mullerbsyv) April 1, 2019
Great April Fool's joke Director. Of course, we wouldn't be this mess if it weren't for your VERY CARELESS letter so: joke on all of us
— mike sax (@TreasonHappens) April 1, 2019
It appears the FBI is no longer employing the same scrutiny against private email servers that embroiled Hillary Clinton in years’ worth of controversy.