On Thursday, the Indianapolis Star broke the news that the private e-mail address Vice President Mike Pence used while he was still Indiana’s governor during Donald Trump’s campaign had been hacked last summer.
Pence had reportedly used the AOL account to conduct sensitive business, which included discussing national security matters like global terror issues.
Many joked that they hoped Hillary Clinton who’d gone through her own e-mail scandal around that time, as the Trump campaign was always eager to note, had seen the news.
Oh, she had.
On Friday, a Twitter user posted a photo of Clinton on a plane with a pile of reading material in front of her. “You guys, my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton,” the caption reads. “Zoom in on the title of the article she’s looking at.”
You guys, my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton. Zoom in on the title of the article she's looking at. pic.twitter.com/356oE9uT0s
— J👏🏻O👏🏻H👏🏻N (@thelastwalt) March 3, 2017
If you (carefully) flip your laptop or your iPad upside-down, you can see that the headline is from USA Today’s coverage of Pence’s e-mail news: “Pence used personal email in office.”
Clinton doesn’t appear to be reacting in any way, but she does have her phone out, which means she might’ve been firing off some texts to her buddies, accompanied by the laughing-so-hard-tears-are-coming-out-of-my-eyes emoji.
The two stories aren’t precisely the same. Clinton used a private e-email server while secretary of state Clinton’s private, and the FBI’s investigation into the practice found that her personal account contained classified information.
While the Star did report that Pence’s private email account included discussions of sensitive material, governors aren’t usually in the business of classified intelligence, as ABC News notes in this helpful breakdown.
It’s not illegal to use a private account as the governor of Indiana as long as the e-mails are archived (which Pence reportedly didn’t try to do until after he left office).
Still, the irony here can be appreciated. Looks like the in-flight menu was a hefty serving of schadenfreude.