Former FBI Director James Comey celebrated Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Trump was indicted and arraigned on 34 counts of falsifying business records relating to a $130,000 “hush money” payment he made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.
On Twitter, without mentioning Trump, Comey said, “It’s been a good day.”
It’s been a good day.
— James Comey (@Comey) March 31, 2023
Days later, Comey, referencing Trump’s arraignment, said, “Another good day.”
Another good day.
— James Comey (@Comey) April 4, 2023
Alongside Comey, Late night talk show hosts celebrated the indictment of Trump, making Jokes at Trump’s expense.
On CBS’s “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert said he didn’t know Trump’s indictment would “feel this good,” joking that the Manhattan grand jury will write a $130,000 check for Trump because he’s in trouble.
“[Trump] was right. We’re finally saying Merry Christmas again,” Colbert said. “And you know what? I didn’t know this would be coming, I thought this might never come. I thought, ‘What does it matter if it came?’ I didn’t know it would feel this good.”
Colbert’s rival, NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon, edited a video showing Trump dancing to an “I’m So Indicted” remix of The Pointer Sisters’ song, “I’m So Excited.”
On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” guest host John Leguizamo introduced the news of Trump’s indictment, telling his audience that it would “put a smile” on their faces. After a news clip of Trump’s arraignment aired, Leguizamo and the audience cheered.
Leguizamo continued joking that he hopes Trump will “at least” be in a prison cell with his lawyer, Joe Tacopina.
In California, the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jimmy Kimmel, announced two hours before his show, originally about MLB’s opening day, that it would be about Trump’s indictment.
Kimmel noted the historical aspect of the indictment, with Trump being the first former U.S. president to receive criminal charges, saying it was “Historic and it’s funny. It’s very, very funny.”
Kimmel referenced one of Trump’s Truth Social posts, where he accidentally wrote “indicated” instead of “indicted.”
“Hopefully he can spend some time at the prison library learning how to spell. Now that he’s been indicted, the former president had no choice but to turn himself in for processing at a courthouse in New York, in a spectacle that seems to have been made for reality TV,” he said.
Contrary to the claims made by Comey and the hosts, Trump’s indictment is not “funny” or “good.” Bragg, known to be a Trump-hating Democrat, indicted Trump over a misdemeanor charge the district attorneys that came before him declined to pursue. Judge Juan Merchan, overseeing the case, is also a Democrat.
Merchan’s daughter, Loren, 34, worked for Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign.
If charged on all counts, Trump faces a maximum prison sentence of 136 years. Democrats should not be able to prosecute a Republican presidential candidate. The case against Trump, if any, is purely political.