After multiple Republicans asked former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen if he’s got a book deal about the president in the works, Twitter users pointed out exactly how outrageous the repeated questions were.
As Deadline reported, at least three GOP House members asked Cohen if he intends to segue his experiences with Donald Trump into a book deal or TV appearances — questions the newly-disbarred attorney answered by noting that he’d been approached but has nothing in the works.
New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik pointed out both how outlandish the questions were and its purposes.
“Any publisher would have given Michael Cohen a zillion bucks for a book whether he went before Congress or not,” Poniewozik wrote, adding that nevertheless, “this will not prevent your uncle on Facebook from posting ‘book deal’ dozens of times, which I assume is the goal of the repetition.”
1) Any publisher would have given Michael Cohen a zillion bucks for a book whether he went before Congress or not
2) This will not prevent your uncle on Facebook from posting "book deal" dozens of times, which I assume is the goal of the repetition
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 27, 2019
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney with the Southern District of New York, noted, “there is a ton to attack Cohen on” — and focusing on a book deal is “lazy.”
People, there is a ton to attack Cohen on. Redundant harping on a potential book deal is silly and ineffective. And lazy.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) February 27, 2019
NBC News political reporter Carrie Dann, meanwhile, noted that Republicans — including the president and his followers — are not immune from profiting off of book deals.
Trump, Dann noted, “routinely encourages his 59 million Twitter followers to buy books offering him favorable coverage, which one assumes the authors hope translates into, uh, lucrativeness.”
Another thing about the "lucrative book deal" argument… the president routinely encourages his 59 million Twitter followers to buy books offering him favorable coverage, which one assumes the authors hope translates into, uh, lucrativeness. pic.twitter.com/4tWRAaQV8N
— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) February 27, 2019
Check out more responses below:
The Republicans are really outraged about a book deal that doesn’t exist, while also indifferent to crimes that Trump is implicated in that actually happened.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) February 27, 2019
You know what makes all suffering worthwhile and instantly puts you on easy street?
A BOOK DEAL
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) February 27, 2019
one thing we know for sure: THE GOP HATES BOOK DEALS!! #CohenHearings
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) February 27, 2019
I imagine members of Congress ask each other about book deals the way New Yorkers ask about rent.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 27, 2019
(there are enforceable rules about criminals profiting off their crimes so Republicans' obsession with Cohen's theoretical book deals is a boring and irrelevant point)
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) February 27, 2019
Democrats: We are concerned that the President may have committed treason, bank fraud, tax fraud, charity fraud, laundered money for Russian mobsters and committed campaign finance violations.
Republicans: We are worried that Michael Cohen may get a book deal.#CohenHearing
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) February 27, 2019
People watching the Cohen hearing might be getting an inaccurate idea about how profitable book deals generally are for their authors…
— Amy Davidson Sorkin (@tnyCloseRead) February 27, 2019