Michael Cohen is having a bad day.
The former Trump lawyer was sentenced to 36 months in prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to tax evasion and two campaign-finance violations.
Sympathy, however, was in short supply, as this now-deleted tweet from almost exactly three years ago began popping up all over social media:
While Clinton roams free, Cohen is paying the price for his involvement in the hush-money payments made on behalf of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, as well as lying to Congress over a proposed Trump Tower project.
Tony Posnanski predicted this moment ages ago:
Michael, I am from the future. It is 2018 and you are fucked. You should have not written this but you are a bully and a moron so can’t blame you. If you see this please know this tweet will bite you in the ass. God bless.
– Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 9, 2018
Fast-forward to today, and the irony of Cohen’s tweet was not lost on the internet:
Another member of the “lock her up” club ends up locked up. https://t.co/B6cQuMhZm5
– Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 12, 2018
This tweet was sent 36 months ago, which is the exact same prison term Michael Cohen was sentenced to just minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/uBMFmEUTZ9
– Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 12, 2018
Hey @MerriamWebster, if you’re looking for the definition of Schadenfreude. I think we found it. https://t.co/W1gjvbkCIe
– Ed Bott (@edbott) December 12, 2018
Meanwhile, the president, who has slammed his ex-lawyer for cooperating and trying to get a lighter prison sentence, defended the hush-money payments and said if there’s liability it belongs to Cohen, not him.
Cohen, for his part, told the judge that Trump led him down a dark path.
“Recently, the president tweeted a statement calling me weak, and he was correct – but for a much different reason,” he said. “Time and again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than listen to my own voice.”