“Comey Day” is rallying the Internet.
Thousands have taken to social media to react to some of the more headline-worthy moments from fired FBI Director James Comey‘s Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Comey is being questioned about his abrupt firing last month by President Donald Trump, as well as his role in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, among other things.
In particular, Twitter users have latched on to comments made during questioning from Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein prodded Comey about the Oval Office meeting in which he claims Trump told him he hoped the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn could be dropped. “You’re big. You’re strong,” Feinstein said. “I know the Oval Office and I know what happens to people when they walk in. There is a certain amount of intimidation. Why didn’t you stop and say, ‘Mr. President this is wrong?’ “
Comey replied: “Maybe if I were stronger, I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in.” He added that, in the moment, he was focused on trying to remember every word Trump was saying. “I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy I hope there are tapes—I remember saying I agree he’s [Flynn’s] a good guy as a way of saying I’m not agreeing with what you just asked me to do.”
Comey’s brief use of the exclamation “lordy” in regard to Trump’s May 12 tweet in which he claimed the former director “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations,” brought some levity to the testimony.
Joked Captain America star Chris Evans on Twitter, “I need ‘Lordy, I hope there are tapes’ on a t-shirt. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also expressed her interest in a Comey slogan tee.
Wrote journalist Chris Geidner, ” ‘ Lordy, I Hope There Are Tapes’ is the song of the summer.”
Not everyone saw the humor in Comey’s testimony. Though President Trump wasn’t live-tweeting Comey’s testimony as anticipated, his son, Donald Trump Jr. was following along on social media.
In regard to Comey’s exchange with Sen.Feinstein, the 39-year-old wrote, “So if [Comey] was a ‘Stronger guy’ he might have actually followed procedure & the law? You were the director of the FBI, who are you kidding?”