James Comey's "I'm In" Tweet

James Comey's "I'm In" Tweet

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Updated Apr 02, 2019 at 02:23PM EDT by Adam.

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James Comey's "I'm In" Tweet refers to a 2019 April Fools Day prank in which former FBI director James Comey tweeted as though he was running for President as a centrist candidate. The joke did not go over well as people from both sides of the political spectrum mocked Comey's joke and reminded him of his role in the 2016 Presidential Election in which he controversially re-opened an investigation of Hillary Clinton two weeks before the election.

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On April 1st, 2019, former FBI Director James Comey[1] tweeted a joke that he was entering the 2020 Presidential Race as a centrist candidate (shown below).


James Comey Follow @Comey I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 4:25 PM -1 Apr 2019

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The tweet was quickly mocked by both politically left and right members of Twitter. Conservative Mark Dice[2] wrote "April Fools jokes are supposed to be funny" (shown below, left). Splinter News managing editor @kath_krueger[3] she had a "violent" reaction to Comey's tweet (shown below, right).


Mark Dice @MarkDice Follow V Replying to @Comey April Fools jokes are supposed to be funny, Mr. Comey. 5:02 PM 1 Apr 2019 * just another bourgeoisie media @kath_krueger Following had a violent reaction to this James Comey @Comey I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 Show this thread 4:27 PM - 1 Apr 2019

Others turned Comey's tweet into a copypasta with which they posted various photos. Some examples include a tweet by user @bejohnce[4] which gained over 150 retweets and 2,800 likes (shown below, left) and a tweet by user @margarita[5] that gained over 190 retweets and 2,200 likes (shown below, right). The jokes were covered by Uproxx.[6]


John Early @bejohnce Follow I'm in, We need someone in the middle #2020 TThe Bunch 4:36 PM - 1 Apr 2019 margarita noriega @margarita Follow I'm in, We need someone in the middle #2020 4:43 PM-1 Apr 2019

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Jesse Kelly @JesseKellyDC Follow Replying to @Comey When you're the most hated political person by both sides but you run for president anyway: comey 5:45 PM 1 Apr 2019 Jamie McCarty @JamieMcCarty Follow I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 SURE 2020 4:51 PM-1 Apr 2019 Jeremy Bell @bellvedere Follow I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 4:42 PM-1 Apr 2019 andrew kaczynski @KFILE Follow I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 4:35 PM-1 Apr 2019 Noah Hurowitz @NoahHurowitz Follow I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 4:31 PM - 1 Apr 2019 Butter Scotch Boi @butterboili Follow Im in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 1:26 AM-2 Apr 2019

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