James Comey is one of the most controversial people in American politics. On the one hand, his earnest, Boy Scout-like commitment to larger principles is admirable. Also, his humiliating firing was unfair and set off the Mueller investigation. But on the other hand, he allowed himself to be manipulated by a corrosive right-wing media ecosphere and may have handed the 2016 election to Donald Trump. Real mixed bag, that guy!
Lately, Jim Comey’s been “unplugged,” running around tie-less and commenting on politics left and right. But one comment got himself some (more) well-earned criticism:
Naturally, people didn’t take too kindly to the former Republican who almost single-handedly gave Trump the presidency lecturing Democrats on how to run in the fall:
Two of those people, the very funny Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, decided to take Comey down a notch in the best way possible: by bringing back their hilarious SNL Weekend Update bit “Really!?!”:
“Really, James Comey? You want to weigh in on things when there’s an election coming up? You feel like that’s gone well for you in the past?” Meyers said to kick off the roast-fest. “That’s like Michael Jordan saying, ‘I think I’m gonna take another shot at baseball.’ I mean, really.”
Poehler followed up with some zingers of her own, “Really, James Comey? You’re worried the Democrats are gonna move too far to the left?” she said. “Really? I don’t know if you remember, but we were just about to have a nice, boring, moderate Democrat for a president until you decided to open your mouth a week before the election, you big, dumb scarecrow! Really! And as far as I’m concerned, the Democrats can vote for a bong in the shape of Che Guevara, and you’ve got nothing to say about it. Really!”
They then chastised Comey by listing the litany of disastrous Trump administration policies (which, even though you’re aware of them, is still daunting to hear all at once) and ended with some gentle ribbing.
“James, I get it. You feel guilty and you don’t want history to remember you as the guy who opened the door for the death of democracy. I don’t blame you. Really. But the idea of you playing adviser to the Democratic Party is kind of like the iceberg trying to join the crew of the Titanic.”
Get ‘em, fam.