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Trump Sends Ridiculous Letter to Pulitzer Board, Accusing Them of Being Too ‘Embarrassed’ to Respond to Him

Okay, but seriously?

In a letter that only Donald Trump would have the chutzpah to send, the former president contacted the Pulitzer Prize Board this month to demand that they immediately retract the National Reporting awards given to The Washington Post and the New York Times back in 2018.

That’s right, Donnie is still salty about the globally-acclaimed publications’ prizes for their reporting on the Trump-Russia connection way back in year two of his only term.

Trump started out the letter by accusing the Board of being too embarrassed to respond to him.

I have heard that the Pulitzer Prize Board is too embarrassed, or don’t know how, to respond to my letter dated Oct. 3, a copy of which is attached, about those who got the RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA Hoax completely wrong.

Embarrassed? They are probably still laughing.

Trump even busted out his favorite word from the time: EXONERATED.

It has since been confirmed that the allegations were false and I have been exonerated of these charges.

Of course, Trump wasn’t exonerated of anything. The ties between innumerable Trump staffers and Kremlin officials, ex-spies, oil magnates, and oligarchs were and are well-documented.

Nobody reported that Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin and asked him personally to intervene in the US election on his behalf.

But then, he literally did call on Putin to hack his opponent’s emails. Despite his constant cries of “hoax” during the investigation, committee after committee found good reason for the layperson to remember the names Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, and countless others — because they were criminals.

In fact, Trump as much as admitted that they’d committed crimes on his behalf by pardoning them after their convictions. You can’t even accept a pardon without admitting that you committed the crime you’re being pardoned for.

The foundations for the reporting from WaPo and NYT were solid. That’s why they were recognized by the Pulitzer Board. But that didn’t and will never stop Trump from protesting his innocence.

He concludes the letter with his demand that the prizes be taken away if they’re not “voluntarily surrendered” by the two newspapers:

Ultimately, my hope is that the recipients of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, The New York Times and The Washington Post, will voluntarily surrender this award in light of recent revelations. However, should they fail to do so, I would expect that you will take the necessary steps to rectify the situation, including stripping the recipients of their prize and retracting the false statements which remain on the Pulitzer website. Without holding the recipients to such a high standard of accountability, the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize namesake stands to be wholly compromised.

I don’t know about you, but seeing Donald Trump even tiptoe around the word “integrity” makes my skin crawl.

Andrew Simpson
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