Former FBI James Comey is new to Twitter, but his influence is nothing new. So when he took to Twitter Saturday evening to "subtweet" President Donald Trump, thousands took notice as Comey's tweet spread like a viral wildfire.
What did Comey tweet?
Comey tweeted a quote about the importance of the free press, which is attributed to Founding Father and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” - Thomas Jefferso… https://t.co/r8vPMNSf7l— James Comey (@James Comey)1511651308.0
Within hours, the tweet accumulated tens of thousands of retweets and "likes." The reason why? Because it was likely a response to something Trump had tweeted less than an hour before.
Trump, who is fairly active on Twitter each weekend, lashed out at CNN International for being a "major source of (Fake) news."
[T]hey represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!" Trump said.
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still… https://t.co/qzwpwVN2ep— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1511649441.0
What was the response to Comey's tweet?
Comey's tweet garnered a mixed bag of responses. Some people were in agreement with Comey's message, while others bashed him for it.
However, what most people agreed with was that the tweet was a subtle jab at Trump.
Those who agreed with Comey replied:
Comey twitter is good twitter
— Brandon Stanton (@humansofny) November 25, 2017
Comey 2020 🇺🇸
— Jacob Mohr (@jacobwmohr) November 25, 2017
Run, Comey. Run! You and @SallyQYates! ❤️
— MommyNeedsANap (@mommy_nap) November 25, 2017
So thankful that @Comey no longer blending in with the drapes.
— Blessyourheart (@hopefulmom10) November 25, 2017
see @realDonaldTrump? This is how you lead. And tweet.
— 🌸 Ellie ❄️ (@EllieM72) November 25, 2017
Lol!! You, Sir, are a class act. And troll level: Expert! 🏆
— ✨ Jenn 🌠 (@Jr3597) November 25, 2017
The other day, I called it a chess move. This is a punch in the nose. You go Comey!
— Existentialist (@AFCMSgt1SgtMTI) November 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Comey's detractors replied:
You threw reporters in prison and spied on journalists. https://t.co/hDloG5LU7i
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 26, 2017
you freaking idiot...our freedom depends on our leaders being honest and putting America FIRST...that is only now happening with @POTUS what you and the est of the obama bunch did to America is criminal... https://t.co/84ixktE6dX
— sunnyinmo (@DeplorableSunny) November 25, 2017
Our liberty also depends on our government being able to protect US & keep some information classified, i.e. not for public consumption.
You took an oath which you violated.
Hypocrite much?? https://t.co/b8FpodcgE9
— Angel 🇺🇸💖 (@AngelSews) November 26, 2017
Our liberty also depends on having a U.S. Justice Department that doesn’t cover up felony crimes committed by politicians. You are such a tool !!!
— Mark Bua (@markbua) November 25, 2017
Wait, weren’t you FBI Director when @JamesRosenTV was wiretapped? https://t.co/OwbawDGbPJ— John Cardillo (@John Cardillo)1511661184.0
It's as if you've lost your memory. You were in charge when James Rosen was wire tapped. Sharyl Atkison was also i… https://t.co/dU5dN8qrwd— Stacy Washington (@Stacy Washington)1511697392.0
For its part, CNN also fired back at Trump:
It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst 🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 25, 2017