Trump Whines to Pulitzer Board that Awards for Russian Collusion Stories Should Be Rescinded

The former Crybaby-in-Chief, Donald Trump, is resuming his role as, in his own words, the most fabulous whiner, with a new letter that he sent to the board of the Pulitzer organization at Columbia University.

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Trump had his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington (whose proxy Trump tweeting is violating Twitter’s rules against circumventing a ban), post a tweet that contained the contents of the letter. It was obviously composed by someone whose communications skills exceeded Trump’s third-grade level vocabulary. But that doesn’t mean that it made any sense or wasn’t riddled with lies. The letter began with an impotent demand by Trump:

“I call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to immediately rescind the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting awarded to the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post, which was based on false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign. As has been widely publicized, the coverage was no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation. […] Specifically, the prize was awarded for a series of articles centered around the now-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory.”

Needless to say, the articles published by the New York Times and the Washington Post were not based on false reporting. They were well documented and carefully sourced. It is Trump’s assertions that were “a politically motivated farce” and an “attempt to spin a false narrative.” There is abundant evidence of the Trump campaign’s numerous unsavory connections to Russia. Much of it is catalogued in the book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Trump is trying to relitigate this old issue because of a recent indictment handed down by special counsel, John Durham, who was appointed by Trump’s flunky Attorney General, Bill Barr. However, Durham’s case has nothing to do with the charges of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign. The indictment only claims that a lawyer who had ties to Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI in a separate matter, and even that charge is so weak that it will likely fail if it is ever brought to court. That, however, didn’t stop Trump from writing in his letter that…

“It has since been confirmed that the allegations were false and I have been exonerated of these charges. Most recently, John Durham’s indictment of former cybersecurity attorney and Hillary Clinton Campaign attorney, Michael Sussman, serves as a damning repudiation of the media’s obsession with the collusion story.”

None of that is true. It has not been confirmed that the allegations against him were false. Nor has he ever been exonerated. In fact, Special Counsel Robert Mueller explicitly wrote in his final report that it was not an exoneration of Trump. And there is no “damning repudiation” in Durham’s indictment. It doesn’t even allege that anything Sussman did wasn’t truthful, only that he allegedly failed to disclose that his law firm represented Clinton. And even that is disputed. Trump’s letter closed saying that…

“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.”

There is no one who is less credible than Donald Trump in maligning the integrity of the Pulitzers, or anyone else. He is famously notorious for having told more than 30,000 lies during his single term occupying the White House. (See Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies by The Washington Post Fact Checker Staff). And if Trump is planning on holding his breath until the Pulitzer Board strips the awards from the Times and the Post, he had better have a ventilator and a nurse nearby to resuscitate him when it doesn’t happen.

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8 thoughts on “Trump Whines to Pulitzer Board that Awards for Russian Collusion Stories Should Be Rescinded

  1. If the former dude had a modicum of common sense he would get out of the US and seek asylum in a country that would not extradite him back to the US. The walls are closing in.

    • ‘Twas proposed some time ago on Twitter – methinks it to be when he claimed he would leave the country if Biden won – that he be dumped in Australia, since we had started as a colony for convicts. And we, the Australians said: No, we don’t want the bugger. Dump him somewhere else.

  2. You have to wonder what he thinks he’ll accomplish with this shit. His MAGAmorons don’t read, so they
    don’t even know what the Pulitzer Prize is, let alone what it means. The rest of us do know, so we also know how ridiculous his letter to the Pulitzer Board is. All he’s done, ‘twould seem, is stir up old news about his old corruption.

  3. In other words, the Lord God Moronikus is pyssed that HE didn’t win a Pulitzer — never mind that he has done nothing that would even qualify him for the award. Unless, of course, he thinks his daily Sermons from the Golf Mound are Pulitzer material — which he probably does….

  4. Never publicly request campaign help from Russia or tell the press you are getting financing from Russia if you don’t want to be investigated for Russian collusion.

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