No, James Comey isn’t running for president after all.
Nearly two hours after a tweet and Instagram post seemed to tease a potential candidacy, the former FBI director confirmed that his social media post was simply an April Fool’s Day joke.
I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
The original post was a photograph of Comey standing in the centre of a rural, two-lane road with a caption of, “I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020.”
After thousands of likes, retweets and comments, Comey confirmed what many suspected: he was kidding about the whole thing.
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than to hurl insults? Happy #AprilFools.”
Comey, a former Bush administration Justice Department official, then added the hashtag, “#VoteDem2020.”
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The Associated Press