Satirical stalwart The Onion published one of its funniest bits in years, but this time it was the real deal: An actual cease-and-desist email from Michael Cohen concerning a story about Donald Trump.

In 2013, Cohen, a longtime attorney for Trump, was apparently livid about a piece in the outlet that purported to be “written” by his client. It was headlined: “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.”

The Onion finally shared Cohen’s response in a hilarious takedown on Monday.

“Let me begin by stating the obvious … that the commentary was not written by Mr. Trump,” Cohen wrote in the email dated Jan. 24, 2013. “Secondly, the article is an absolutely disgusting piece that lacks any place in journalism; even in your Onion.”

Cohen demanded immediate removal of this “disgraceful piece from your website and issue an apology to Mr. Trump … This commentary goes way beyond defamation and, if not immediately removed, I will take all actions necessary to ensure your actions do not go without consequence.”

The big finish: “Guide yourself accordingly.”

In the spirit of transparency, here is Mr. Cohen’s letter, printed in full: https://t.co/uPnzZYUtyZ pic.twitter.com/HWAhxudr2d

— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 21, 2018

The Onion said it’s ready to talk now.

There’s always the possibility that the email is itself an Onion parody. But Cole Bolton, Onion editor in chief at the time, referenced the email in an interview with “Today” in 2016 when discussing how people respond to articles about them. He added: “You should read that thing. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world.”

And a spokesman for The Onion vouched for its authenticity in a tweet Monday:

I can confirm the email itself is the real deal. From Michael Cohen to our press email address in 2013. The rest of the story is obviously in @TheOnion's signature satirical voice… https://t.co/bix0OLB5nP

— David Ford (@ItsDavidFord) May 21, 2018

The punchline is that Cohen is apparently indicating that the email was fabricated by The Onion. When Law&Crime reached out to Cohen for a comment, he responded in an email: “Is this a real question?” About an hour later he told the outlet, “You are aware The Onion is a satire newspaper?” — and linked to its Wikipedia page.

Maybe all of you #haters #trolls missed the memo but @TheOnion is a news “SATIRE” Organization. That means…it’s not real! #GetALife https://t.co/zHEr3E9LF7

— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) May 21, 2018 Download

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