Donald Trump, either through insight or luck, appeared to predict New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s downfall in a 2013 tweet.
Trump’s prediction came nearly five years before Schneiderman’s resignation on Monday, hours after four women came forward accusing him of physical violence, which he denies.
‘Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone,’ Trump wrote in reference to two New York elected Democrats forced from office by sex scandals: Congressman Anthony Weiner for sexting and Governor Eliot Spitzer for frequenting prostitutes. Weiner would later be convicted of sexting a minor.
‘Next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner,’ Trump wrote.
Schneiderman cast himself as an arch-nemesis to Trump and a key figure of the ‘resistance’
Congressman Anthony Weiner (left) resigned in 2011 over a sexting scandal. Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in 2008 in the midst of a prostitution scandal (right)
It came in the midst of an intense feud between Trump and Schneiderman, a Democrat, that has continued to this day.
Schneiderman had sued Trump University, calling it a ‘bait-and-switch scheme’. Trump blasted back calling Schneiderman ‘a political hack’ and filing an ethics complaint claiming the suit was part of a campaign donation shakedown.
Trump unloaded on Schneiderman on Twitter, labeling him ‘lightweight’ in multiple tweets a day for days on end.
In the end, the ethics complaint was dismissed and Trump settled the lawsuit.
Their feud only intensified during and after the 2016 presidential election.
Schneiderman was an ally to Hillary Clinton and had counted on forging a powerful alliance with her in the White House.
Schneiderman (above) was an ally to Hillary Clinton and had counted on forging a powerful alliance with her in the White House. He was devastated by Trump’s victory in the election
After Trump’s victory, he was devastated – as revealed by new details in the bombshell New Yorker report detailing the allegations against him.
The day before Trump’s Inauguration, Schneiderman called his then-girlfriend Tanya Selvaratnam from a hospital emergency room, she recalled.
‘He told me that he’d been drinking the night before he fell down. He didn’t realize he’d cut himself, and got into bed, and when he woke up he was in a pool of blood,’ Selvaratnam said.
The injury required stitches and Schneiderman had to cancel a public appearance.
Schneiderman and Selvaratnam agreed to tell anyone who asked about the injury that he’d fallen while running, she says. (Schneiderman’s spokesman said that he ‘fell in the bathroom while completely sober’ but was embarrassed and told staff he’d been running.)
Donald Trump, either through insight or luck, appeared to predict New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s downfall in a 2013 tweet
After Trump took office, Schneiderman cast himself as Trump’s greatest nemesis, filing lawsuit after lawsuit challenging environmental regulation rollbacks, immigration policy, and changes to the Census, among other issues.
‘Since November of 2016, Eric has led the fight to protect New Yorkers from the most harmful policies of the Trump Administration,’ Schneiderman’s official biography says.
‘Eric has taken on the tough fights to protect New Yorkers,’ the biography says, ‘because he believes there has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.
In the hours after the bombshell revelations, Trump had yet to comment on Schneiderman’s downfall.