And Now Some Terrifying Propaganda From
the White House Communications Team a Child Named Pickle
Sanders reads from 9-year-old’s letter to Pres. Trump: “I don’t know why people don’t like you.”
She replies: “Me either, Dylan.” pic.twitter.com/F42u5ofvfe
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 26, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders couldn’t have been looking forward to today’s White House press briefing. Where would she start? With yesterday’s health care vote? With Trump’s announcement that transgender people are now banned from serving in the military? The fact that major policy announcements are now apparently coming from his personal Twitter account?
Nope, none of the above! Instead, the new official press secretary introduced a brand new tradition of starting occasional briefings with a letter or email they receive, to “remind us a little bit more often of some of the forgotten men, women, and children that we’re here to serve and that the president is fighting for.” So, presumably, we won’t be hearing any letters from women, POC, the poor, elderly, or anyone from the LGBTQIA communities.
Today’s letter came from 9-year-old Dylan Harbin, who I’m sure is definitely a totally real child and not actually Trump or one of his employees. Definitely.
Dylan–whom everyone calls “Pickle,” wrote a letter to Donald Trump to let him know that he is Pickle’s favorite president ever. So much so that he had a Trump-themed birthday party, complete with a MAGA hat cake. You know, just like a very real boy would.
oh hey look it's dylan pickles pic.twitter.com/MWO1guMuYx
— FOR JESSTICE (@jeslach) July 26, 2017
— Todd J. Gillman (@toddgillman) July 26, 2017
A reporter asked Sanders to distribute or hold up the very real letter, which maybe she wasn’t expecting. She said she would, once she was able to obscure Dylan’s name and address. It took about an hour to white out Dylan’s last name, which she had already read aloud earlier.
— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) July 26, 2017
As you can see in that totally real letter, Pickle had some questions for Trump. Like, how old are you? How big is the White House? How much money do you have?
Dylan wants to know how much money Trump has. Show Dylan the tax returns!
— Mark Berman (@markberman) July 26, 2017
Pickle doesn’t know why people don’t like Trump. He likes Trump. Because he’s a real person. Sure, Donald Trump has a history of making up fictional people, like John, that “publicist” he invented to say nice things about himself to the press, or his “friend,” “Jim,” who hates Paris. We know Dylan is real because we have his letter as proof.
Hey, quick question: Was this Pickle/Dyland letter mailed?
Because this paper does not look like it's been folded. pic.twitter.com/Y4rs7t2rDI
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) July 26, 2017
Unfortunately, “real” “person” “Dylan” didn’t get as much attention as Sanders would have liked. All the mean journalists just wanted to talk about #FakeNews, like Trump’s attack on transgender rights.
SHS just cut the press briefing short because everyone asked her about Trump's dumb transgender ban instead of Pickle's letter.
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) July 26, 2017
Even if Pickle is real, this is still propaganda. If he’s fake, it’s much more embarrassing propaganda, but either way, this is dangerous.
Let's be clear, Sarah Huckabee Sanders introduced a propaganda tool today to accompany her lies: reading letters from people praising trump.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 26, 2017
It’s so transparent, it’s embarrassing not just for Trump, Sanders, et al, or even just Americans, but for humanity, that they thought this would win anyone over.
Hewoo President Twump. My name is Dylan Fawrber, but everyone call me Pickle. I am 7 years old and hate the capital gains tax,
— Dan "TBONE" O'Sulliv (@Bro_Pair) July 26, 2017
Hi mister pwesident, I am 8 years old, do you liek chees also like me? Also plees repeal the Magnitsky Act becas it so bad for good peeple.
— Jim Pickles (@jiminypickles) July 26, 2017
As for anyone hoping to get some answers on the new transgender military ban, like “What is going to happen to the troops currently serving?” or “How do you live with yourselves?”–sorry, Sanders didn’t have those answers. Maybe we can ask Pickle to forward a message for us.
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