James Comey (ABC)

James Comey (ABC)

James Comey, the former director of the FBI who was fired by President Trump, had some people on the edge of their seat Monday afternoon when he suggested he was tossing his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

Comey tweeted a photo of himself standing in the middle of a two-lane road with the message: “I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020.”

His message was liked and retweeted thousands of times, but several hours later, Comey confessed it was all part of an April Fool’s Day joke.

“But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than to hurl insults? Happy #AprilFools,” he wrote. He added, “#VoteDem2020.”

Comey’s hoax has received plenty of spirited reaction online.

Author and media analyst Mark Dice said, “April Fools jokes are supposed to be funny, Mr. Comey.”

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who previously sparked controversy by holding up a bloody, severed head of a President Trump lookalike, told Comey: “Stop being a self indulgent, ineffective civilian and shut it. Amateur photo shoots with your stupid messages? Really? You’ve actually dumbed down Twitter. Congratulations.”

And at HotAir.com, Allahpundit wrote: “How many photos does this guy have of himself staring off in the distance, anyway? Is he putting together some sort of motivational poster series, or a coffee-table book?”

“Who the hell is following him around with a camera? The photos seem too thematically consistent to have been snapped randomly by Comey’s wife while traveling together. The new pic of him in the road is especially inexplicable, as it’s not the sort of shot you’d take while out enjoying a stroll. Either he has a photographer with him periodically for God knows what reason or this big dork is lugging around a tripod and posing for cheesy inspirational shots of his own devising.”

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