Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey put social media into a whirlwind on Tuesday morning when he appeared to confirm he was running for United States President in 2020.
Comey, who gained international attention for his oversight of the FBI's investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal and conflict with President Donald Trump, posted on Twitter on Tuesday, appearing to announce he was running for President.
"I'm in. We need someone in the middle. #2020," Comey posted, with a picture of him walking down a road.
The tweet immediately sent the social media site into a whirlwind as people debated if Comey was serious, considering the announcement was posted on April Fools' day in the United States.
"You're out of your mind," said one user, while another said: "This joke sucks because I'm still not it's a joke."
Comey's dislike for the current President has been well documented, including in a memoir and on Twitter, and some believed it was plausible that he could run against Trump.
He later clarified that it was an April Fools' joke, while making a sly dig at Trump.
"But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than to hurl insults? Happy #AprilFools. #VoteDem2020."
Comey was a registered Republican until 2016 when he declared himself unaffiliated with any party.