The New Yorker has uncovered a letter written in 2013 by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer demanding that The Onion, a satirical newspaper, take down an article that offended Trump. President Snowflake’s hypersensitivity and obsession with his image goes way back to before his political career.
The article appeared to be written by Trump, featuring his name in the byline accompanied by a small square photo of him. It was titled, “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 or 20 Years.”
In the article, Trump tries cheer up glum Americans by reminding them that he is already fast approaching the average lifespan of an American male and will be dead soon.
The letter from attorney Michael Cohen, which the New Yorker reports threatened legal action, began,
“Let me begin by stating the obvious . . . that the commentary was not written by Mr. Trump. Secondly, the article is an absolutely disgusting piece that lacks any place in journalism; even in your Onion. I am hereby demanding that you immediately remove this disgraceful piece from your website and issue an apology to Mr. Trump.”
The Onion did not take the article down. You can still read it here.
When the New Yorker visited editor-in-chief Cole Bolton, he told them, “We’ve always thought of [Trump] as a horrendous buffoon, an objectionable person.” Of course, they never apologized to Trump about the “I’ll be dead soon” article.
Over the years, The Onion covered much of Trump’s horrendous buffoonery. Between 2000 and 2014, before Trump became involved in politics, he featured in 15 articles. Apparently the light-hearted satirical fun got to be too much for poor Trump’s delicate feelings.
Trump’s decision to use his lawyer to lash out at a newspaper that pokes fun at anyone and everyone in the public consciousness says a lot about his personality. In the presidency, he has cracked down hard on negative press coverage, to the detriment of press freedom.
Trump’s White House aides have had to structure their entire jobs around making sure that Trump doesn’t feel offended when they bring him bad news or present tough decisions.
Under Trump, political correctness hasn’t gone away, it has merely morphed. Now it’s okay to insult and tokenize any minority group, but it’s a grave sin to say mean things about the president. Sounds exactly like a tyrannical autocracy, doesn’t it?
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.