July 28, 2017

#PickleTruther.

Twitter gangs up on a 9-year-old boy who wrote a too-sweet-to-be-true letter to Trump.

But he's real. "Did a 9-year-old called ‘Pickle’ really write that letter to Trump? Yep, he’s real." (WaPo).

85 comments:

readering said...

I was hoping it was Fr Guido Sarducci.

Achilles said...

He can't be real. We know all the kids sing songs about how much they like democrats.

rhhardin said...

That's a Lazlo Letter.

rhhardin said...

Lazlo Letter second try at amazon link.

Fernandinande said...

"How big is the white hose?"

A Trump kid!

mockturtle said...

I was hoping it was Fr Guido Sarducci.

LOL! Find the pope in the pizza?

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Dox him at once. I want names! I want addresses!
Milkshake duck his elementary school butt, pronto.
You better believe a kid like this has pulled a few ponytails in his time. That's assault, brotha.

mccullough said...

More media idiocy exposed.

eddie willers said...

From the article:

she made [a Trump Hat cake] herself, because she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.

Should she sue the bakers out of business? Would WaPo approve?

Laslo Spatula said...

"Your friend, Dylan"

What -- Althouse couldn't have found a Dylan song lyric for this?

I am Laslo.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Billy Madison: That's assault brotha!

Oh, also, I found that Trent Reznor sketch; it's from the group The Whitest Kids You Know:

WKUK: Trent Reznor

rehajm said...

Fuck you media assholes.

Kate said...

I didn't know kids got nicknames anymore. Next thing you know Bing's crooning will be all the rage.

God bless Pickle.

Jupiter said...

Thank God all these people abort their children.

Spiros Pappas said...

Jesus Christ, is the Washington Post scouring the parent's social media for anything inflammatory or "racist" or "xenophobic" or homophobic or whatever? Seems like a bad idea...

tds said...

'Pickle' nickname reminded me of Clerks II

Mary Beth said...

To the people who are saying nasty things to/about this child on Twitter; how proud you must be to have thought up a zinger making fun of a child. How is an adult picking on a 9-year-old not considered bullying?

Fabi said...

You know who else likes to pick on young boys?

gadfly said...
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wild chicken said...

I think kids esp boys would naturally gravitate to Trump. He is an avatar of American animal spirits. An action figure!

He could totally do a Trump Youth thing. Hyypotize them. Kinda scary.

gadfly said...

I wonder how long it took Donald to compose the note? All 9-year-olds wonder about Trump and how much money he has and, of course, about why people don't like him. The sentence length is about right for Donnie's writing capability, complete with misspellings.

Matthew Sablan said...

I never wrote to a president as a kid. I regret that.

antiphone said...

To the people who are saying nasty things to/about this child on Twitter; how proud you must be to have thought up a zinger making fun of a child.

Maybe the Whitehouse should have thought a little harder about exploiting a child in this way.

Matthew Sablan said...

Every White House has posted or talked about letters from children. This is the first time I've seen a coordinated hate party.

campy said...

Maybe the Whitehouse should have thought a little harder about exploiting a child in this way.

Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.

Fabi said...

Here ya go, antiphone!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/kids-write-letters-to-obama-on-gun-control/

antiphone said...

Every White House has posted or talked about letters from children.

So, "that's politics", how refreshing.

Mac McConnell said...

WAPO investigating the most important issues of our times. Bag of dicks!

chickelit said...

I'd like to know the m/f gender ratio of Twitter pickle haters. I'll bet females vastly outnumber the males. And this from the sex which allegedly cares more about children. Ditto for Barron haters.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I'd like to know the m/f gender ratio of Twitter pickle haters. I'll bet females vastly outnumber the males. And this from the sex which allegedly cares more about children. Ditto for Barron haters.

Bitter childless pink hatters hate children.

Seeing Red said...

Nothing says "Resistance" more than bullying a 9 y.o.

Bill Peschel said...

I wrote a letter to Nixon at that age. We'd taken a playground poll of the presidential race and I wanted him to know he won.

Thank God Twitter wasn't around.

Seeing Red said...

Such a proud moment.

Earnest Prole said...

I was hoping it was Fr Guido Sarducci.

When the history of the internet is written, Father Guido Sarducci will finally be given his rightful place as the creator of trolling.

Unknown said...

It's okay to have children be forced to sing praises to Barack Obama, the LightBringer and Healer of Worlds; Master of the Oceans though.

Correct leftists?

mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm.

--Vance

Bay Area Guy said...

Where is Woodward and Bernstein when you really need them?

Quaestor said...

I worry about Dylan's developmental arch. A letter like that from a 7-year-old would lie pretty close to the curve — not precocious, but certainly not grossly sub-normal. Or maybe he's just the typical product of modern education. Most schools don't even attempt to teach cursive. My friend has a 6-year-old enrolled in a private kindergarten who could manage about as well as Pickles.

Big Mike said...

Leave it to the Post to think doxxing a 9 year old is great journalism.

antiphone said...

It's okay to have children be forced to sing praises to Barack Obama, the LightBringer and Healer of Worlds; Master of the Oceans though.

Correct leftists?


Always gotta use the same tired "both sides do it" line. You don't seem to get that your just equating Trump supporters and Obama supporters, saying they're just the same. If the left and the right are the same why are you complaining so much?

Qwinn said...

Antiphone:

Uh, no, pointing out that Obama had choirs of children singing for him is NOT saying its the "same" as Dylan's letter. Or that "both sides do it". What tye Obama supporters did to those kids is infinitely worse.

Big Mike said...

@Quaestor, you can't expect Dylan to write better than his teachers, can you?

Fabi said...

Sure, antiphone -- Trump releases a funny letter from a kid and Obama uses kids to shill for gun control. Same thing!

Jupiter said...

antiphone said...

"Maybe the Whitehouse should have thought a little harder about exploiting a child in this way."

Yes, and maybe your parents should have thought a little harder about a woman's right to choose.

Michael K said...

I'm so glad I never got involved with Twitter. I understand their stock is going down like the you know what.

Matthew Sablan said...

"Always gotta use the same tired "both sides do it" line."

-- Both sides didn't single out a kid for a five-minute hate.

Jupiter said...

Big Mike said...
"Leave it to the Post to think doxxing a 9 year old is great journalism."

Interesting point. Not so long ago, "doxxing" a child would have required you to talk to some adults.

Quaestor said...

Always gotta use the same tired "both sides do it" line. You don't seem to get that your just equating Trump supporters and Obama supporters, saying they're just the same. If the left and the right are the same why are you complaining so much?

Your hypocrisy is showing, antiphone. But that's not news, is it?

harrogate said...

We are teaching kids to write "how much money do you have," and teaching them it's a sweet question.


Sad!

antiphone said...

Both sides didn't single out a kid for a five-minute hate.

Ok, so who did? How about some evidence as long as you're pointing fingers.

As to my original comment, it's Obama did it first, Obama did it worse. As for whether using children like this is a good idea... crickets.

chickelit said...

Big Mike said...Leave it to the Post to think doxxing a 9 year old is great journalism.

Note the female (or possibly trans-gendered male) byline.

Just sayin'

Mary Beth said...

Maybe the Whitehouse should have thought a little harder about exploiting a child in this way.

(As if this is the first president to ever show a letter written to him by a child.)

When a child writes to someone famous and they show off the letter, is that exploitation or one of the coolest things every to happen in their young life? The answer is, it's cool, at least until some "adults" step in and try to ruin it just to score some internet points.

I hope all of the snarkers step in someone's recently chewed and spit out bubble gum the next time they go for a walk.

The Vault Dweller said...

I don't know, looks kinda wierdly fake to me. But even if it is real don't get kids in politics! Like this kid has any idea what he's talking about?

Freeman Hunt said...

If real, that is absolutely adorable. Not political.

bagoh20 said...

What a gift from heaven he is here at Althouse! Finally a writer with spellin and gramer that could make people forget how bad mine is. It shirly must be a product of our yooth and promise. We have so much life ahead of us both. I have the mind and heart of a nine year old, but one well into puberty and it's FRIDAAAAYYY!... nite. Watch out mamacitas.

antiphone said...

chickelit said...

I'd like to know the m/f gender ratio of Twitter pickle haters. I'll bet females vastly outnumber the males. And this from the sex which allegedly cares more about children. Ditto for Barron haters.


You don't know. You speculate. In this day and age it could just as well be twitter bots.


Note the female (or possibly trans-gendered male) byline.

Just sayin'


You're saying very little about the author of the article but plenty about yourself.

bagoh20 said...

" You don't seem to get that your just equating Trump supporters and Obama supporters, saying they're just the same."

On the contrary, the evidence suggests one is far worse, even downright creepy, more in line with the style of a North Korean elementary school, with the biggest difference being the height and hairstyle of the cult leader.

chickelit said...

@antiphone: You're pretending that Trump didn't/doesn't have a gender gap problem. Hillary did to for that matter, but it was the mirror image.

I have yet to read a thoughtful analysis of both candidate's gender gaps in the 2016 election and aftermath. It's too painful and real, I suppose. Perhaps someone can point to a good read.

antiphone said...

When a child writes to someone famous and they show off the letter, is that exploitation or one of the coolest things every to happen in their young life? The answer is, it's cool, at least until some "adults" step in and try to ruin it just to score some internet points.

The "adults" in the White House were aware of the likely controversy that would result from reading the letter out loud and naming the author at a press conference. It was clearly a tactical move in their war with the press, but hey that's politics folks!

buwaya said...

"But even if it is real don't get kids in politics! Like this kid has any idea what he's talking about?"

Boys make men.
And politics is not made by knowing so much as by feeling.
The difference between a conservative and a liberal, in any definition of either, is not a question of positions on issues, but of personality.

This was quite frustrating, for instance, to Russell Kirk. But he made lemons out of lemonade. Go buy "The Conservative Mind".

Big Mike said...

The "adults" in the White House were aware of the likely controversy that would result from reading the letter out loud and naming the author at a press conference. It was clearly a tactical move in their war with the press, but hey that's politics folks!

Nah, they thought better of the folks who vote Democrat. Or they used to.

Fabi said...

"The "adults" in the White House were aware of the likely controversy that would result from reading the letter out loud and naming the author at a press conference."

They were? Are you a mind reader or do have a source inside the White House?

Feste said...

Bless that little guy!

Browndog said...



How many pickled pricks will be pricking Pickle's peck?

Johnny Sokko said...

The media are truly a bunch of fucking douche bags.

Browndog said...

If the left were unrestrained, it doesn't take much imagination as to what they would do to this country, let alone their fellow man.

Rocketeer said...

Best I can tell Antiphone is going for some kind of chicken fucking record here tonight. Good luck, Antiphone, though from the look of things you'll have that record secured in no time. Keep fucking that chicken!

David said...

"My pitcher is here so if you see me you can say hi."

You are now in the database, kid. Part of your Permanent Record.

eddie willers said...

I never wrote to a president as a kid. I regret that.

Mine would have been.

Dear President Eisione...Eihowe....Ike.
Why are you bald?

Achilles said...

Blogger antiphone said...

"The "adults" in the White House were aware of the likely controversy that would result from reading the letter out loud and naming the author at a press conference. It was clearly a tactical move in their war with the press, but hey that's politics folks!"

Politics is reading letters from kids.

Stalinism is the WAPO doxxing that kid and having a bunch of absolutely disgusting shitheads bash him on Twitter.

Dude1394 said...

Damn vulture democrat media.

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Mary Beth said...

The "adults" in the White House were aware of the likely controversy that would result from reading the letter out loud and naming the author at a press conference.

Sure, they read it for political reasons, but were the Twitter attacks making fun of the White House or the kid? The ones I saw were about Pickles, not Trump.

A child who is a fan of Trump wrote a letter. The reading of the letter was a totally "notice me senpai" moment. He got recognition. That's exciting. Why do the snarkers have to pick on him for it?

There are plenty of jokes to be made about this administration without ruining a big moment for a child. (Of course, there were plenty of jokes to be made about the last administration too.)

gnome said...

Chelsea Clinton was only four when she wrote to Nixon and her handwriting and structure were far better than that.
(OK I know, I know.)

antiphone said...

Sure, they read it for political reasons, but were the Twitter attacks making fun of the White House or the kid? The ones I saw were about Pickles, not Trump.

I questioned the use of a child --for political reasons-- by the White House. Does that automatically mean I'm defending any of the predictable attacks on the kid? of course not. Does it mean I'm endorsing the use of children's letters by previous administrations? No.

Does it make me a contestant in a chicken fucking contest? According to Rocketeer, yes.

The thing is,fame is not inherently kind.Nobody asked if he wanted to be a poster child. It looks to me like kid was used as troll bait by Sarah Huckabee Sanders subject to approval by the White House (I think it's fair to assume). I also think it's reasonable to assume that they understood there would be jokes and the usual fact checking --which could then be spun (#PickleTruther)-- and used as ammunition against Trump critics and the press in general. Modern Day Presidential!

iowan2 said...

The left is psychotic.

It would make me proud if the Trump White House if they were so evil and so smart that, at their cold calculated brilliance, they could, at will make the left do such insanely stupid things like doxing a kid.
Letters to the President, written by kids have been publicized, since George Washington. It has taken President Trump with his super powers, to get the media to lose their mind, when something as common as breathing happens, and turns them into bullying children.

Rob McLean said...

I questioned the use of a child --for political reasons-- by the White House.

As usual, this sort of thing is only acceptable when the Good Guys do it. (And we, the Good Guys, get to decide who can join our ranks and who can't. Certainly not you, little Trumpster.)

Rusty said...

antiphone said...
"Both sides didn't single out a kid for a five-minute hate.

Ok, so who did? How about some evidence as long as you're pointing fingers.

As to my original comment, it's Obama did it first, Obama did it worse. As for whether using children like this is a good idea... crickets."

Of course it's OK. Your side lowered the bar to just inches off the ground and you want to complain that what your opponents do is somehow different?
Here is what adults do.
"Oh. Little pickles wrote a letter to the president. How adorable. Good for him." Then get on with the important shit life gives us to do. It's why I view your moral outrage as childish. You have no morals.

Angel-Dyne said...

antiphone: Always gotta use the same tired "both sides do it" line.

Always gotta try the same tired "how dare you note my rancid hypocrisy" ploy.

But I agree with you, it is tiresome and pointless. Not because there's anything wrong with noting your rancid hypocrisy, but because everybody is already well aware of it, and it's not as if shameless people with no integrity are going to straighten up because somebody points out their character flaws.

Darrell said...

"Pickles" as a nickname permanently belongs to Hillary for her jar-opening stunt on Jimmy Kimmel. "Mooch" permanently belongs to Michelle Obama for her ease at spending taxpayers' Dollars. Do you think it's a coincidence that the Left tried to attach these same names onto Republicans in the last week?

Daniel Jackson said...

When I was younger, oh SO much younger than Today,

Every Bright Idea was met with the same retort from Friends, Family, and NE Liberals,

Well

If You're So Smart,

WHY AIN'T YOU RICH?!

I think Dylan's question is right on and it is the obvious premise on which it rests:

Trump is TRULY SMART because he is TRULY RICH!

If a nine year old kid with a modicum of school yard experience can see this Obvious Relation, WHY is it so difficult for NE Liberal types to grok this!

Leora said...

I wish the Washington Post could re-direct a reporter to investigate the Awan family to the same depth.

Seeing Red said...

We are teaching kids to write "how much money do you have," and teaching them it's a sweet question.


Sad!



Boxers or briefs?

Jim at said...

"If the left were unrestrained, it doesn't take much imagination as to what they would do to this country, let alone their fellow man."

Yep.

Conversely, if the right were to ever reach the level of hate and lack of restraint of the left? There would be no more left.

The left has no idea of what seeds they're sowing. None.

antiphone said...

Boxers or briefs?

Depends.

Char Char Binks said...

"You better believe a kid like this has pulled a few ponytails in his time. That's assault, brotha."

When you're a star they let you do it,