The story has the makings of another scandal in the Trump administration, as a top elected official has been revealed to use AOL.
Worse than that, for some observers, is the fact that Mike Pence's email was actually hacked last summer, and that Pence discussed "sensitive information" about his personal security, terrorist attacks, and FBI arrests on the AOL account.
If you're having flashbacks to the Hillary Clinton email scandal that dominated news cycles for months—congratulations, you're only human.
As Mike Pence's Washington office defends the vice president, they've said that "Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention," according to the Indy Star. Of course, the FBI found that Clinton, too, had committed no crime in her use of a private email during an investigation in July.
That was never going to stop prominent Republicans from calling for more and more investigation into whether or not she mishandled sensitive information. Like this guy, in October:
The Pence office is trying to draw a distinction between the two email controversies, according to Politico, saying that Clinton had an entire private server, rather than just an email account, and that Pence didn't have the same security clearance as Clinton—so he couldn't have mishandled "classified" information.
Still, Pence's record on Clinton's private email during the campaign was extreme. Compounding the hypocrisy is the fact that the Indiana governor's office reportedly cannot release all of his private emails because of "information the state deemed too sensitive."
All these facts have made retweeting Pence's October tweet extremely satisfying for many, and you can expect the following to dominate your timeline until the next scandal. Fortunately, it seems like there's always a new one to keep those hot takes piping fresh.