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Everyone’s making fun of Trump’s letter from a boy called ‘Pickle’

Critics are calling the reading of a 9-year-old's letter in a White House press briefing propaganda.


Jay Hathaway

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:39 pm CDT

At a press briefing Wednesday, Donald Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter to the president, allegedly by a 9-year-old fan named Dylan, whose friends call him “Pickle.” Pickle writes that he had a Trump-themed birthday with a MAGA-hat cake and that he doesn’t know why people don’t like the president.

The Pickle gambit did not go over as well as planned: Trump opponents questioned the ethics of using Pickle as a political prop and questioned whether he’s even a real kid.

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Congrats, Pickle. You’re a meme. A pickle hasn’t had this much online buzz since one defeated the band Nickelback in a popularity contest.

The typical meme response is a fake letter from another kid with a weird nickname, usually complaining about some heavily Republican issue that only adults over 60 actually care about.

This mode of the meme is highly reminiscent of the “woke toddler” trend from the 2016 election cycle when people on Twitter would attribute complex adult political opinions to their young children. Sometimes these were joking, sometimes they were sincere, but they were almost always made-up.

Some other examples of the “Pickle” meme compare the letter to other famous fake letters, like one from Weird Twitter personality Dril and another from the video game Plants vs. Zombies.

Perhaps the best tweet, though, came from Matt Christman, one of the hosts of “dirtbag Left” podcast Chapo Trap House. He’s dunking on CNN’s resident Trump apologist, Chris Cillizza:

Ultimately, it’s difficult to prove that Pickle isn’t real. But whether he is or not, the public reading of his letter during a White House press briefing had people talking “propaganda.”

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*First Published: Jul 26, 2017, 5:41 pm CDT