As the country awaits results from the Super Tuesday primary elections, endorsements have been pouring in for presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in an apparent widespread effort to keep rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But not all of the endorsements have been treated as welcome additions.
On Tuesday, former FBI Director James Comey tweeted his support of Biden over Sanders to beat President Donald Trump in November and also claimed to have voted in his first Democratic primary.
"Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH," Comey said. "I agree with [former candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)]: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020"
Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We nee… https://t.co/Jb3qq5cRgP— James Comey (@James Comey) 1583258009.0
Within minutes, however, Comey's endorsement was met with humorous dismissal from Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates.
"Yes, customer service?" Bates tweeted. "I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge?"
Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charg… https://t.co/bfvs2ZrCAH— Andrew Bates (@Andrew Bates) 1583259275.0
Since being fired from the FBI by Trump in 2017, Comey has become an outspoken critic of President Trump. In December 2018, the former FBI chief called on Democrats to nominate a candidate capable of ousting the current president, saying that they "have to win," in an appearance on MSNBC. In September, he said that he wouldn't commit to full-time employment ahead of the 2020 election "because I need to be able to speak."
However, despite being a consistently anti-Trump voice in recent years, Comey's actions while still at the FBI have drawn criticism from Democrats. With just days left in the 2016 election Comey informed members of Congress of the bureau's investigation into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been reopened — a move which some say probably cost Clinton the election.
Comey's tweet was one of many endorsements that Biden's presidential bid has received in the lead up to the Super Tuesday primary results. On Monday, the former vice president was endorsed by former primary rivals Pete Buttigieg and Klobuchar, as well as former candidate Beto O'Rourke.
"It's raining endorsements right now, from every corner of the country, so much so that it's like drinking out of a fire hose, our vetting machine is having a difficult time keeping up," a Biden adviser told Politico on Monday.