The notoriously thin-skinned President Trump began trolling journalists long before he ran for President — even before he had a Twitter account to abuse. Among the media, The Donald’s habit of sending petty handwritten notes used to be an inside joke about a fragile egomaniac with too much time on his hands.
Now that Trump inhabits Oval Office, however, these notes provide disturbing insight into the fragile psyche of a man who cannot tolerate even the slightest criticism.
Today, Politico published the below notes, written by Trump on printed articles and mailed to the journalists or editors who published them:
In response to a 2011 Yahoo article in which Chris Moody reported that Newsmax had cancelled a Trump-moderated debate because no candidate agreed to attend, Trump sent the writer the above note, which read:
When Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi wrote that Trump was on his best behavior at a gala for New York’s Republican elite, he took the time to send what appears to be a sarcastic note:
To Justin Elliot’s Salon article that accurately predicted Trump would be able to hide his financial holdings in the event of a presidential run, Trump sent a note that continues to prove more ironic by the day:
Trump seems to have taken extra offense to Juli Weiner’s Vanity Fair piece that mocked Trump for his ongoing tease that he may run for president in 2012. He went over Weiner’s head, straight to editor Graydon Carter with a note fit for a middle school playground, complete with in-article annotations:
I know far more about you than you know about me—you never got the “Trump Thing.” As one of your writers recently said, “Graydon doesn’t like you.”
In this 2005 gem, Trump is in top pettiness form. Trump had written a nasty letter to the New York Times, criticizing the paper for a positive review of Mark Singer’s Character Studies, which included a negative profile of Trump. The attack from Trump brought a sharp increase in sales of Singer’s book, which prompted the tongue-in-cheek appreciation letter with an enclosed royalty check from the author. Trump sent it back with this note, which a third grader might describe as way immature.:
You are a total loser—and your book (and writings) sucks!
P.S. And I hear it is selling badly
In case you’re wondering. Yes, Trump absolutely cashed the check. Of course he did.
We now have proof. Twitter did not turn Trump into a petulant child. He has always been this way.