Former FBI Director James Comey appeared to join countless other people who made bad April Fools’ Day jokes on Twitter on Monday, implying that he was running in the 2020 presidential election.
Comey’s Twitter account has long been a place for him to needle President Donald Trump or just comment on the news of the day, but his probable joke about being “in” the 2020 election was not met well with people.
“I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020,” Comey wrote as a caption of a photo of him standing (sort of) in the middle of a road looking into the distance.
I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
Predictably, no one thought the tweet was funny. (No one thought Comey’s get-out-the-vote tweet ahead of the midterm elections was worth it either).
i spent my whole day ready for this website to test me. i thought i could withstand anything. then i saw this. https://t.co/MOXwCqGlc0— Anthony Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) April 1, 2019
the three April Fools pranks that should be off-limits are: Pregnancy, Marriage Proposals, and Presidential Candidacies https://t.co/ZBUtG7qdgs— Hannah Yoest (@ruthyoest) April 1, 2019
What will it take to convince you that you have zero folk hero status? https://t.co/KFG0LoPO9i— Jason Roeder (@jasonroeder) April 1, 2019
had a violent reaction to this https://t.co/JIay7cJ4jY— Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) April 1, 2019
*logs off Twitter, closes computer, walks outside, throws computer into oncoming traffic* https://t.co/jS9Q1E8ciS— Lady Stoneheart (@hayden1222) April 1, 2019
Other people pointed out that the former FBI director really likes to post photos of himself staring off into the distance.
JAMES COMEY’S WIFE: Jesus, what are you doing? I’m over here. Look at the camera!— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) April 1, 2019
COMEY (standing totally still): Just take it, Pat! pic.twitter.com/CGm97ndUHC
Of course, it’s really just the fact that this tweet was made on April Fools’ Day that made people think it was a joke. It’s entirely possible Comey could run a straight middle-of-the-road campaign.
If Comey does run for president, we expect Howard Schultz’s will-he-won’t-he bid to be a model of what to expect.
Seriously, no one really wants Comey to run for president.