These Republicans Lashed Trump for Firing Comey: ‘3rd World Dictator Kind of Stuff’

Trump’s decision is so unusual that even some supporters are calling him out on it

Over the past 10 months, Republicans and Democrats have had equally intense, but diametrically opposed reasons to be angry with James Comey for his handling of investigations connected to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But some Republicans have united with Democrats in outrage over Trump’s decision Tuesday afternoon to fire Comey as Director of the FBI.

While Democrats have accused Trump of firing Comey as an attempt to interfere with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into his presidential campaign’s possible ties to Russia, some Congressional Republicans have also condemned Trump’s move as a damaging blow to the FBI. According to The Hill, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, has called for an independent commission to continue the investigation into potential Trump-Russia ties.

Sen. John McCain also joined in the call for an independent commission, praising Comey in a statement as “a man of honor and integrity.”

“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” McCain said. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”

Conservative commentators have also joined in the criticism, with Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer calling the Trump Administration’s explanation that Comey was fired for mishandling the investigation into Clinton’s personal email server “inexplicable.”

“If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, which you would have done during the transition is you would have spoken to Comey and said, ‘We’re going to let you go,'” Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report.” “That is when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change that’s not unprecedented.”

Even far-right radio host and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who was harshly criticized by liberals after criticizing Jimmy Kimmel’s defense of the Affordable Care Act last week,  condemned the move.

“This isn’t good. This isn’t normal,” Walsh tweeted.  “You don’t fire the FBI Director because he’s investigating the President. Because he’s closing in.”

Read more responses from the right following Comey’s firing in the tweets below.