Former FBI director James Comey took to Twitter this afternoon to drop a surprising tweet that had social media buzzing with curiosity and amusement.
Now more infamous for his painfully cheesy yearbook-quote and selfie tweets and not for the fact that he pretty much single-handedly threw the 2016 election for Donald Trump with the release of his email to Congress, Comey poked fun at himself and appeared to hint at a 2020 presidential run with a picture of him standing in the middle of the road in a heavy-handed metaphor for the ghoulish centrism he would undoubtedly adhere to as president.
I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1
— James Comey (@Comey) April 1, 2019
While this is most likely an “April Fools” joke, it should alarm us all that James Comey, a Republican national security hawk who is responsible for the FBI’s treating Black Lives Matter activists as terrorist threats and for the FBI standing by and allowing convicted pedophile doctor Larry Nasser to molest dozens of girls even though they knew he was doing it, could be seen as a candidate for presidency.
While it’s highly unlikely that James Comey could make it very far in a crowded Democratic primary, it’s important that we remember that in this time of intense partisan competition, the middle of the road is the last place we want to be. Our political enemies will not compromise and will not engage in any kind of good faith, and they are not deserving of any from us.
We must pick our side of the road and produce an ideological vision of a new American future that stands in sharp contrast to the dystopian horrors of Trumpism — not stand in the middle and wait for the Trump train to run us over.