BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty ImagesWhat's creepier than a dad posting photos of his daughter wearing lingerie on Twitter? If you said not much, then the Twitter feed maintained by the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen just might give you the heebie jeebies. And you wouldn't be alone. Since the lawyer posted a photo of daughter Samantha dressed in nothing more than black stockings and a lacy bra, the Internet's been calling Cohen just about everything but a good dad.
Cohen accompanied the photo of Samantha with a pronouncement of his pride in her beauty and brains and a comparison to the late model Edie Sedgwick.
The image was originally posted by Cohen's daughter on her Instagram account (yes, the one her dad shouted out in his tweet). It's well composed, Samantha looks lovely, and by itself it's a perfectly fine photo.
Only Cohen didn't leave it by itself, did he? He just had to be the dad who did a screenshot, loaded it to his own Twitter, and showed off pictures of his daughter in her undies to the world. And he did on Mother's Day, no less!
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But don't worry, if you're speechless at the moment, plenty of people were more than willing to call out the questionable parenting moment for you.
It's not as though Cohen didn't have some idea of what might be a good way to tell the world how excited he is about his daughter's smarts. Remember the guy who used to live where Cohen works?
"Every parent brags on their daughters or their sons," President Obama said just a few months ago, when he was doing his farewell tour of the media. "But man, my daughters are something. And they just surprise and enchant and impress me more and more every single day."
Oh, how things change in just a few months ...
Cohen does have high sock–wearing, plumber's crack–showing, bad joke–telling dads everywhere looking really, really good today.
But then he isn't exactly slinking into a corner and hiding out. When he was called out for not having the good grace to notice something on his daughter's Instagram account and just keep on flipping through until he found a nice dog or cat photo to LOL at, Cohen went ahead and threw this seventh grade retort out to the world:
Cohen seems to take his boss's approach to parenting a daughter. The more you can treat her like a sex object, the more you do.
But hey, just think, it could always get worse ...
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At least Cohen left comments about dating his own daughter to the big guy ...
Samantha Blake Cohen, by the way, says her dad's not creepy. She told site FourTwoNine, "My father does not think I'm 'hot,' and him posting a professional photo taken of me in a bra and pants does not mean he sexualizes me."
The way she sees it, this is all just liberal hate:
"Those who seek to make it something it is not are merely Trump haters who are using this as an opportunity to stir up drama. I find it hypocritical that those who consider themselves liberal would criticize a woman embracing her body ... it is tasteful and it is demure."
And yet, it's not the woman embracing her body that has the world talking. It's the way her father shows off his daughter's body to the world.