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On Friday, after President Donald Trump tweeted about the New York Times and the Washington Post’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Russia, Donald Trump Jr. agreed with his father’s assessment that the prize should be taken away, “unless they give Pulitzer’s for fiction.”
So funny that The New York Times & The Washington Post got a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage (100% NEGATIVE and FAKE!) of Collusion with Russia - And there was No Collusion! So, they were either duped or corrupt? In any event, their prizes should be taken away by the Committee!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
There’s just one catch: The Pulitzer Prizes do award an annual prize for fiction work.
Off-screen narrator: “They do.”— Eric C Lindstrom (@TheSkepticalV) March 30, 2019
Twitter users, including past winners, quickly let Trump Jr. know about it.
Actually, I think I won one of those Pulitzers for fiction @DonaldJTrumpJr— viet thanh nguyen (@viet_t_nguyen) March 30, 2019
Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American author, won the award in 2016 for his book The Sympathizer and mentioned it to Trump Jr. “Actually, I think I won one of those Pulitzers for fiction,” he wrote.
Author Andrew Sean Greer posed with a photo of his Pulitzer for his novel, Less.
Another added a caption from the Pulitzer Prizes’ website as evidence that yes, the committee does award a prize for fiction.
Some Twitter users decided to make a joke about Trump Jr.’s errant apostrophe, too.
Does it have an apostrophe? If not then it doesn't count. Them's the rules.— Thomas Clinch (@thommytsunami) March 30, 2019
D’onald— Erin party of healthcare Ryan (@morninggloria) March 30, 2019
Comedy writer Megan Amram just got “so fucking jealous” of how funny the tweet was.
This is the best joke of all time and i'm so fucking jealous— Megan Amram (@meganamram) March 30, 2019
Others just marveled at how ridiculous it was.
The next time someone tries to tell me a college education is important, I’m going to show them this tweet.— Reality Sandwiches (@PoleNordPoleSud) March 30, 2019
And then there are those that won’t let him live down his “S&L” snafu.
Great joke, Don! You should submit it to S&L.— Ian Candish (@action_ian) March 30, 2019
The Pulitzer Prizes awards seven prizes in the general category of Letters, Drama, and Music each year. Prizes are awarded in the categories of biography or autobiography, fiction, general nonfiction, history, poetry, drama, and music.
The New York Times responded to the president’s original tweet, saying, “We’re proud of our Pulitzer-prize winning reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Every @nytimes article cited has proven accurate.”
Stéphanie Fillion is a French-Canadian journalist covering politics and foreign affairs in Montreal, Canada. She has worked for Radio-Canada in Vancouver and was a San Paolo fellow at La Stampa in Turin. In 2015, she won the Eu-Canada Young Journalist Award. She holds an M.A. in Journalism, Politics and Global Affairs from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. in Comparative Politics, History and Italian Studies from McGill University. Her work appeared in outlets such as Quartz, Vice News, Ipolitics, and PassBlue.