Moments after the New York Times reported that the FBI has a recording of Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen discussing a “hush money” payout to a Playboy model, Twitter went into a virtual meltdown over the news.
“Lordy, there were tapes,” Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith tweeted, echoing former FBI director James Comey’s famous line during his congressional testimony about his firing by Trump last year.
“Look at Michael Cohen –– he kept those receipts,” journalist Alex Morash noted. “Too bad for him that the FBI got the tapes in a raid so he can’t bargain with them.”
Look at Michael Cohen –– he kept those receipts. Too bad for him that the FBI got the tapes in a raid so he can't bargain with them.
Have fun denying the Stormy Daniels cover up now Donald Trump. 💋💋https://t.co/zVJul9B70x
— Alex Morash (@AlexMorash) July 20, 2018
The Twitter account for Merriam-Webster dictionaries, meanwhile, trolled another part of the Times‘ bombshell report in which former NYC mayor and current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed the existence of the tape before claiming it’s “powerful exculpatory evidence.”
“Something ‘exculpatory’ tends to clear from alleged fault or guilt,” the dictionary’s account tweeted.
📈Something 'exculpatory' tends to clear from alleged fault or guilt. https://t.co/2sq9i0b1JQ
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 20, 2018
Check out more responses below:
You're all about to be reminded that recordings where Trump admits to his crimes don't actually cause any accountability to happen. https://t.co/FfiB0tWD1i
— Anil Dash (@anildash) July 20, 2018
Trump right now, between the Cohen tapes and Giuliani saying this somehow exonerates him. pic.twitter.com/vqIJdLD0G7
— J Lewis 🍁 🔯 (@Schlemieleon) July 20, 2018
The so-called tapes Michael Cohen recorded w me are all FAKE NEWS! I never met Michael Cohen and never talked with him on the phone. Frankly, I don’t even think the so-called Michael Cohen is a real person. It’s a fictional character invented by the Rigged Witch Hunt. Believe me!
— DonaId J. Trump (@realDenaldTrump) July 20, 2018
Shot: “Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’.” https://t.co/HRamf6HY5n 👇
Chaser: “Cohen secretly taped Trump.” https://t.co/leGx5WgrdI
For Trump, public threats and accusations are always projections of his own deeds or his anxieties about ways his deeds make him vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/WRH4g9OJEC
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) July 20, 2018