‘What the actual f*ck is this?’: Internet aghast after Trump publicly threatens his former FBI director
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 (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
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.
He's gonna impeach himself. It's happening.
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) May 12, 2017
Did you just compare yourself to Nixon? Finally! Something we can agree on.
— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) May 12, 2017
Let's not forget that Obama was the real tyrant because his wife wanted my kid to eat a vegetable.
— InmanRoshi (@InmanRoshi) May 12, 2017
I'm thinking that pissing off both the press and the FBI is really not a well thought out strategy,
— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) May 12, 2017
we wouldn't want the pee tape….leaking 😎
— Samantha Ruddy (@samlymatters) May 12, 2017
Check with the Russians, they might have recorded it.
— Ian Boothby (@IanBoothby) May 12, 2017
Are you trying to get impeached? This is how you get impeached.
— Tony Webster (@webster) May 12, 2017
this tweet another possible trump crime: 18 USC 1512, witness intimidation. comey witness 2trump's possible obstruction by demanding loyalty https://t.co/qCUT7AseoA
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) May 12, 2017
Yeah Comey if you leak those tapes Trump might fire you….oh wait
— Joe Burke (@joker5339) May 12, 2017
This will quiet the Nixon comparisons.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 12, 2017
No wonder President Loco likes to cozy up to foreign dictators. He seems to think like them, he is above the law. Wrong. This is America. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/hD5H4nAS8S
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 12, 2017