By now we’ve all heard the story of 9-year-old Dylan “Pickle,” the Trump supporter who wrote a letter to the President that Sarah Huckabee Sanders read aloud during Wednesday’s press briefing. Twitter ripped the Administration to shreds over the letter, mostly questioning the authenticity, and for using this as a tool to distract from their disgusting policies. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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By now, I’m sure most of us know that on Wednesday in a White House press briefing Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened by reading a letter from a nine-year-old child named Dylan, who goes by the name Pickle. Pickle, in the letter, talks about the fact that he loves Donald Trump. He had a birthday cake shaped like his hat. I’m assuming hat means that bad hair piece that Donald Trump wears. And he went on to say, “I don’t know why people don’t like you. How much money do you have? How big is the White House?” You know, typical questions that a child who is under the age of nine would ask a person. Here’s the thing about the letter. I don’t necessarily want to debate the authenticity of it, but when they shared the picture of it, if it was indeed mailed to the president, wouldn’t there be creases in the letter? Wouldn’t the little notches out of the side of the paper on that left-hand side not be digital? I mean, I don’t want to come across as like a Pickle-truther, but that document that they shared was clearly created on a computer.

Now, having said that, it is entirely possible that this child did it, even though the spelling and grammatical are well below what a nine year old in this country could do. However, that could just be the result of shoddy Republican funding of our public education system. Who knows? But, it does seem a little bit like a caricature how somebody who’s older would portray a nine year old as writing. Nonetheless, all of that aside, let’s assume for a second this is authentic. The fact that Sarah Huckabee Sanders opens a press conference with a letter from a nine-year-old boy fawning over Donald Trump on the same day that the administration decides to ban transgendered people from the United States Military is a clear distraction method. Donald Trump got a lot of hate yesterday because he spread a lot of hate. So Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and I’m assuming Anthony Scaramucci was behind the scenes pulling the strings, decide to open up with a letter showing just how great Donal Trump is and he’s reaching out to children and the children love him and let’s just be nice to him because that’s what the children want.

No. This is pure propaganda. They’re using this child, if he exists, as a tool, as something to show the public to distract them from the very real damage that Donald Trump is causing to this country. In fact, Huckabee Sanders even threatened to walk out of the press conference when reporters began asking about the transgender military ban. All she wanted to do was talk about how much children love Donald Trump. They don’t want to talk about the investigations. They don’t want to talk about the healthcare bill failure and what it would actually do to the public if it were to pass. They don’t want to talk about their tax plan that’s only going to benefit the top 1%. They don’t want to talk about the fact that Donald Trump is passing legislation, or attempting to or executive orders or whatever, to ban transgendered people and take away their rights from serving in the military. They don’t want to talk about that. They want to talk about the non-issues. They want to talk about how much everybody in this country absolutely just loves the president, and that love is coming from the children, the future. We should all be more like Dylan Pickle.

No. That’s not how this works. You don’t get to go out there and misdirect the public with a cute little misspelled letter from a nine-year-old boy who may or may not even be real. You need to start addressing the issues, and if you’re not even going to bother doing that, then the press needs to wise up and stop attending these disgusting charades that you’re calling White House Press Briefings.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced