But after standing up to the president and getting fired as FBI Director by Donald Trump, many on the left cautiously gave him their support.
For some, that support just evaporated.
"Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left," Comey tweeted late Sunday afternoon. "This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership."
Comey's opinions on how Democrats should act and what they should believe are clearly not welcome, if social media is any indication.
He immediately was crucified.
One well-known freelance journalist, Elon Green, noted Comey's tweet will only help the Democratic Socialists of America:
surely comey can find better things to do with his free time than pro bono fundraising for the DSA, but maybe not.
— Stagger Lee Shot First (@elongreen) July 22, 2018
Jim Comey lecturing Democrats how to save the Republic is rich. https://t.co/bg9DCcOW4h
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) July 22, 2018
We are in this mess because of your judgment.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 22, 2018
You gave us Trump. You, personally. Yes, you were wrongly ousted by the traitorous orange cretin, but he wouldn’t be in power without you. So, for the love of God, have the humility to keep quiet now about politics.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 22, 2018
Hey Jim, we got this covered. No one is asking for your advice. As we saw during the campaign, your judgment isn’t great! All the best, everyone.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) July 22, 2018
shut up, republican
— jordan (@JordanUhl) July 22, 2018
"This is how we get Trump" says Literal Reason We Got Trump https://t.co/L4nKAN2ZYi
— Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) July 22, 2018
I guess the argument is: I'm James Comey and I know from decisions that won elections for Republicans, because I made one of them.
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@Beyerstein) July 22, 2018
ahhh damn was very excited abt all the actually progressive and good candidates out there recently but then joe “loves to lose elections” lieberman and james “everyone hates me and I suck” comey told me centrism is the way to go. what a pickle
— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) July 22, 2018
Just as an FYI for James Comey: aside from Trump there's not one person in America who Democrats are less inclined to listen to than you https://t.co/1XGtLqzXmz
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) July 22, 2018
James Comey giving advice to Democrats is such epic white male privilege. They always think their opinions matter.
— Melinda Byerley (@MJB_SF) July 22, 2018
Setting aside individual politicians and ideas about strategy, exactly which positions on the "socialist left" is Mr. Comey objecting to? https://t.co/5elx43O5nE
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 22, 2018
What if elements of socialism are indeed sensible, balanced, and ethical? Ever consider that?
Do you like public schools? Social Security? Public health services? All socialism.
— freetoken fights fecking fascists (@freetoken) July 22, 2018
If what you're trying to say is that the right is exploiting this moment to pretend "all Ds are socialist," then say so. Otherwise you're actually being judgmental and critical of people trying to do right and not of those who are being disengenuous. It doesn't serve any of us.
— Grearson (@robingrearson) July 22, 2018
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