After James Comey was fired as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday, all eyes shifted to what would happen next. As the news circulated, Donald Trump was quickly the top target on social media.

Comey out

As the 2016 presidential election moved forward, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton came under fire for her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

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Despite numerous investigations, the result revealed that while Clinton acted carelessly, she ultimately didn't do anything wrong. While this was the case, Donald Trump and the Republican Party continued to hammer home the controversy, which was made worse in the weeks leading up Election Day. In October, then FBI Director James Comey claimed that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had used her private computer to send potentially classified emails to her husband, Anthony Wiener, which might have been linked back to the campaign.

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The news once again highlighted the email and private server issue, and despite no evidence being found against her, Clinton was damaged beyond repair leading to a Trump victory last November. In the months that have followed, Comey has been a target of both Democrats, who believe he cost Clinton the election, and Republicans who think he is pushing against Trump in regards to the growing Russian scandal.

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Donald Trump

As reported by NBC on May 9, the president decided to terminate Comey's time as the head of the FBI.

According to NBC News, Donald Trump informed James Comey of his firing on Tuesday, while sending the former FBI director a letter in the process.

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau," he wrote in the letter. Trump's comments contradict the official stance of the FBI, who are investigating what role Russian had on the election in relation to the president's victory over Hillary Clinton.

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Twitter reacts

In response to James Comey's firing, social media erupted as high-profiled names across the country decided to give their thoughts, with many critics of Donald Trump speaking out, as supporters stood by his side.

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"COMEY FIRED! Dirty, corrupt things afoot. The truth will all come out. The unraveling continues," filmmaker Michael Moore wrote on Twitter, before adding, "Hold the election over. Dirty. Corrupt." "Are you kidding me?" actor George Takei tweeted in apparent disbelief.

"The moment Trump fired Comey he became a dictator. This country will not stand for it," Seth Abramson tweeted, before adding, "Trump has crossed an uncrossable line. A president MUST NOT EVER fire the person investigating him. The president MUST BE IMPEACHED and NOW." "I'm no fan of Comey but firing him in midst of Russia probe underscores grave danger Trump admin poses to democracy & checks and balances," author Ari Bermann wrote.

"WH sending out press coverage of Dem criticism of Comey won't wash away the stench of cover-up. This was a disastrous decision," former Obama campaign chief strategist David Axelrod wrote on his Twitter account. Noble prize winning economist Paul Kraugman also gave his thoughts, writing, "I've thought all along that Trump was a legitimacy crisis waiting to happen. But so soon, so dramatically? Wow." The negative reactions continued, as critics called out Donald Trump with the growing scandal of Russia only becoming more apparent.

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