Trump Keeps Calling Michael Cohen A ‘Rat’ On Twitter—And Everyone Is Roasting Him For The Same Reason

First Lady Melania Trump’s personal crusade against bullying has had little impact on the President’s impulse to belittle others with insulting nicknames.

Namecalling is one of his signature behaviors on Twitter. Some prime examples include Hillary Clinton (“Crooked Hillary”), U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district Maxine Waters (“Low-IQ Maxine Waters”), and former FBI director James Comey (“Slimy James Comey”).

Still, the insult he directed at Michael Cohen in a recent tweet was a curiously misguided one.

On Sunday, the President called Cohen a “rat.”

Trump’s early-morning tweet came days after his former private counsel pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws Trump allegedly “directed” Cohen to pay hush money to prevent allegations of two women claiming to have had an affair with Trump from surfacing during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump tweeted, in part:

“Remember, Michael Cohen only became a ‘Rat’ after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started.”

Cohen was sentenced to three years in jail and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.  Trump continues to deny the claims.

For the record, the derogative term of “rat” refers to an informant, or a criminal who was caught or arrested but cooperates with the federal government to provide inside information about a violation of penal laws, as described in Merriam-Webster.

Naturally, Trump’s use of the term “rat” became a topic among Twitter users.

Michael J. Stern, a former federal prosecutor, discussed with ABC News the risks of misusing the term.

“Trump is not disclosing anything the prison population will not already know, given Cohen’s very public disclosure of his cooperation.

“In general, cooperators are often subject to retribution, by the people they cooperate against and by prisoners who don’t like the idea of people cooperating with the government.

“One nuance, in this case, is that there will be prisoners who support Trump and his branding Cohen a ‘rat’ may be perceived as a call for them to punish Cohen.”

According to Indy 100, Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy advised the President to consider using a different term.

“Sir, in mobster lingo, a ‘rat’ is a witness who tells prosecutors real incriminating info. Perhaps a different word? Searches of lawyer’s offices common enough that DOJ has a procedure for them. Here it yielded evidence of crimes you said he should be jailed for. You should stop.”

A legal analyst for CNN, Elie Honig, shared his experience. 

The self-incriminating reference was not lost on anybody.

This was a first for former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

Twitter continues to be baffled by Trump’s lack of common knowledge.

Former FBI Director James Comey castigated the GOP for Trump’s repeated attacks on the FBI during his nearly six hours of testimony in front of two House committees on Monday.

Comey also weighed in on Trump’s  “rat” tweet.

“This is the president of the United States calling a witness who is cooperating with his own Justice Department a ‘rat.’ Say that again to yourself at home and remind yourself where we have ended up.”

It is a hair-raising thought.