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12/01/2017 12:12 pm ET

People Really Appreciate The Irony Of Michael Flynn's 'Lock Her Up' Chant

"Life comes at you fast."

Michael Flynn famously led a “lock her up” chant aimed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Republican National Convention ― words that are ringing particularly ironic now.

On Friday morning, the former national security adviser pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government.

The “lock her up” chant had arisen out of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which the FBI investigated last year. But Clinton was never charged with anything.

“If I did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail,” said Flynn during the convention.

His actions then, the current charges and his guilty plea have sent Twitter users into a tizzy. Here’s what some people are saying:

Many have even imagined Clinton’s reaction to Flynn’s guilty plea:

 Even lawmakers have gotten involved:

Some things just don’t age well.

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BEFORE YOU GO

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017.  / AFP / CHRIS KLEPONIS        (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Who Is Michael Flynn?
A former Army lieutenant general, Flynn served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama before establishing his own intelligence consulting firm and ultimately joining the Trump campaign. Flynn acted as an adviser to Trump before briefly becoming the president's national security adviser. Flynn remained silent after his resignation, leading some security experts to believe he'd struck a deal with investigators regarding his involvement in or knowledge about the Trump-Russia scandal.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 12, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Why Did He Resign?
Flynn's resignation, after less than a month, followed revelations that he'd repeatedly mischaracterized his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, then-Russian ambassador to the U.S., to Trump officials, including Vice President Mike Pence. Justice Department officials believed his mischaracterization could make him vulnerable to blackmail.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24:  Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the United States looks on during a press conference on nuclear non-proliferation at United Nations headquarters October 24, 2008 in New York City. The group discussed a new intitiative to 'break the logjam' on nuclear non-proliferation.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Why Does It Matter?
It turns out the concerns around Flynn extended beyond his dishonesty about his meetings with Kislyak. Flynn had also received and initially failed to disclose multiple payments from foreign entities, including some linked to the Russian government. He also lobbied on behalf of a company with Turkish government ties -- which he also failed to disclose -- and continued his work for other foreign clients while advising the Trump campaign, during which time he had access to classified national security briefings.

Flynn has since been named as a focus of multiple investigations into Russian election meddling, and in September, his son, Michael G. Flynn Jr., was also identified as a subject of the special counsel's probe. Flynn initially said he would not comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for records detailing his communications with Russians, and asked for immunity in exchange for testimony. In June, however, he turned over hundreds of pages of documents.

In July, Flynn's brother said he'd returned to consulting work and was raising money to pay for his legal bills.
US President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump to update him on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC.  / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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How Did Trump Respond?
Trump has largely stood behind Flynn, going so far as to call him a "good guy" during a private discussion with then-FBI Director James Comey after Flynn's resignation. During the same conversation, Trump asked Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn, saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go."

Trump has also blamed the Obama administration for not revoking Flynn's clearance or more thoroughly vetting him. Obama reportedly warned Trump not to bring Flynn on as national security adviser, in part because of his ties to Russian officials.
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