The critics have weighed in on President Trump's firing of the FBI chief, generally with unflattering comparisons to Richard Nixon. But what does Trump himself say? "James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI," he tweeted Wednesday morning. And he predicted the move will be validated: "Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike," he wrote. "When things calm down, they will be thanking me!"
The president also cast Democrats as hypocrites for suddenly having Comey's back. They've said "some of the worst things" about him, "but now they play so sad!" he tweeted. Trump struck a similar theme in a tweet Tuesday night, in which he seems to have christened a new nickname for the Senate minority leader. "Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, 'I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.' Then acts so indignant." Schumer, for his part, said the firing makes it all the more important to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the election. And he told Trump the move was a "big mistake," per the Hill.