President Donald Trump tweeted up a storm on Friday morning, but the tweet that caused the most controversy was the president's threat to former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump had fired merely three days earlier.
"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president wrote.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1494591975.0
Twitter reacted with shock and horror to Trump's threat, and even many conservatives conceded that it's wrong to threaten your former FBI director who had been investigating your presidential campaign for possible collusion with the Russian government.
A sample of top reactions follows below.
What the actual fuck is this https://t.co/vmq6tduYMI— kilgore trout (@kilgore trout) 1494592395.0
He's gonna impeach himself. It's happening.— kilgore trout (@kilgore trout) 1494592513.0
@realDonaldTrump Did you just compare yourself to Nixon? Finally! Something we can agree on.— Machine Pun Kelly (@Machine Pun Kelly) 1494592659.0
@philipaklein Let's not forget that Obama was the real tyrant because his wife wanted my kid to eat a vegetable.— InmanRoshi (@InmanRoshi) 1494592620.0
@realDonaldTrump I'm thinking that pissing off both the press and the FBI is really not a well thought out strategy,— Rob Szczerba (@Rob Szczerba) 1494592037.0
@realDonaldTrump we wouldn't want the pee tape....leaking 😎— Samantha Ruddy (@Samantha Ruddy) 1494592048.0
@realDonaldTrump Check with the Russians, they might have recorded it.— Ian Boothby (@Ian Boothby) 1494592142.0
this tweet another possible trump crime: 18 USC 1512, witness intimidation. comey witness 2trump's possible obstruc… https://t.co/2upDtTWxB3— Norm Eisen (@Norm Eisen) 1494592306.0
@BraddJaffy Yeah Comey if you leak those tapes Trump might fire you....oh wait— Joe Burke 🇺🇸 (@Joe Burke 🇺🇸) 1494594270.0
@realDonaldTrump This will quiet the Nixon comparisons.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) 1494592481.0
No wonder President Loco likes to cozy up to foreign dictators. He seems to think like them, he is above the law. W… https://t.co/HXGmShSQ16— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas) 1494594931.0