'Not acceptable': Comey slams Trump for repeatedly advocating putting political opponents in jail
James Comey during his ABC interview (Screenshot)

Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday hit back at President Donald Trump after the president suggested that Comey should be thrown in jail.


During an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Comey was asked about a recent Trump tweet in which the president falsely accused his former FBI director of leaking classified information -- an alleged crime that Trump believes should land Comey in jail.

"That is not normal, that is not okay," Comey told Stephanopoulos. "First of all, he's just making stuff up. But most importantly, the President of the United States is calling for the imprisonment of a private citizen, as he's done for a whole lot of people who have criticized him. That is not acceptable in this country."

Stephanopoulos then asked Comey if he was worried that Americans would grow accustomed to these kind of attacks by the president, and Comey said it was a real concern.

"I think that's a danger, that we're numb to it," he said. "We wake up in the morning and see the President of the United States is accusing people of crimes, without evidence, and pronouncing them guilty and saying they should be in jail. That should wake all of us up with a start, but there's been so much of it that we're a little bit numb, and that's dangerous."

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