During a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, former FBI Director James Comey wouldn’t say whether he believes the nation would be better off with Hillary Clinton as president, and added that Trump was elected “legitimately.”
TAPPER: You've leveled some very tough charges about him. You call him morally unfit; you call his presidency a forest fire; you say he's violating the rule of law. Do you think the nation would be better off if Hillary Clinton had won?
COMEY: I can't answer that. That's something that – that hypothetical [is] too hard for me to go back in time and try and answer.
TAPPER: You paint a pretty dire picture of President Trump. It's hard to imagine how you don't think the nation would be better off if Hillary Clinton had won.
COMEY: I don't think about it in those terms, Jake. I think we have the current president, who was, in my view, legitimately elected, is serving as president – the question is: is he adhering to our values? He's clearly not, so what do we do about it? I think the first thing we do is not get numb to it. When he calls for the jailing of private citizens in his tweets, don't shrug, but realize that's not okay, that's not normal.
TAPPER: It's interesting that you won't go as far to say as...the nation would be better off if Hillary were president because you have called for the nation to respond to the challenge of Trump, in your view, by voting – presumably by voting against what he represents. Is that not a fair interpretation?
COMEY: I actually think of it – maybe it’s the same thing, but I think of it in terms of voting for something else, which is the core values of this country, which are more important than any policy disputes. I don't care whether people find that in a Republican or a Democrat, or neither, it's important that our leaders reflect those values.