Not The Onion.
Every week we find news articles you would think were written by The Onion’s team of funny writers. Thus week the Trump administration has done our job for us, usually described as a ‘spoof’ presidency, even this revelation can make the most ardent Trump supporter chuckle.
The Onion recently released copies of e-mails from Donald Trump‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who sent them a cease and desist letter on behalf of his then-client for a piece making fun of the president.
The e-mails have been verified by Politico as being genuine. The emails demanded that The Onion“immediately remove” a “disgraceful” 2013 spoof column written in Trump’s voice.
It’s not known whether the President and his lawyer knew that The Onion was a satirical news site, a quick gander at their homepage would have confirmed this but the Trump presidency is not known for fact-checking, so we are hardly surprised.
Cohen calls the piece – entitled ‘When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years’ – an “absolutely disgusting piece that lacks any place in journalism, even in your Onion.”
Cohen’s email goes on to threaten that “this commentary goes way beyond defamation and, if not immediately removed, I will take all actions necessary to ensure your actions do not go without consequence”.
He signs off, “Guide yourselves accordingly.”
In response, The Onion tweeted: “Our editorial board would like to formally announce that we have finally read Michael Cohen’s 2013 email regarding his client Donald Trump and would like to discuss the matter further at his convenience.”
In a longer defence of their original piece, The Onion retorted:
Mr. Trump’s column, which was thoroughly vetted by our editors, simply endeavored to offer any of The Onion’s over 10 billion readers who had found themselves depressed about the state of the world a hopeful reminder that he would mentally and physically deteriorate and most likely die very soon.
You can read the e-mail below, “Guide yourselves accordingly…”