A tweet that Vice President Mike Pence sent last year is coming back to haunt him. In the midst of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, Pence commended the FBI for reopening an investigation into her email server. Pence is now facing somewhat of a scandal himself, however, after it came to light that he used a personal email account that was later hacked for official business while governor of Indiana.

In the October 2016 tweet that was sent just before the presidential election, Pence lauded the FBI for their decision to reopen the investigation given that “no one is above the law.” He wrote, “@realDonaldTrump and I commend the FBI for reopening an investigation into Clinton’s personal email server because no one is above the law.”

Ironically, Pence is now facing backlash for his use of a private AOL account that he used to conduct official business while governor of Indiana. The account was later hacked and used to send fraudulent emails. While the scope of each email controversy may not be the same, private emails are generally less secure than government accounts, reports NPR, though nothing prevented public officials under Indiana law from using personal email accounts. According to the report from the IndyStar, “At least some of the emails Pence sent or received have been deemed confidential or exempt from public disclosure.”

Pence called for the FBI to make the information regarding Clinton’s email investigation available to the public before last year’s election. “I truly do believe, as Abe Lincoln said, ‘Give the people the facts, and the republic will be saved.’ So we’re calling on the FBI to make this information available to the American people,” Pence stated around the time he sent the tweet. Supporters of President Donald Trump would often shout, “Lock her up,” at rallies and speeches.

This isn’t the first time Pence may have regretted a tweet. Shortly after Trump signed his initial travel ban in January, a 2015 tweet from Pence resurfaced on social media in which he referred to a Muslim ban as “offensive and unconstitutional.” Many questioned why Pence stood behind Trump’s executive order after calling the then-proposed Muslim ban “unconstitutional.”

Many now find Pence’s criticism of Clinton’s emails hypocritical since his private email account was compromised. See how social media responded to the 2016 tweet below:

Social Media Reacts to Mike Pence’s 2016 Tweet about Hillary Clinton’s Email Server

What are your thoughts on Mike Pence having used a private email account as governor? Do you think the incidents are comparable? Sound off in the comments section below!

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