At the outset of Wednesday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter from a 9-year-old President Donald Trump superfan named Dylan (nicknamed Pickle).
“I’m 9 years old and you are my favrit (sic) President,” Pickle wrote. “I like you so much.”
But Pickle truthers promptly emerged on social media. A number of people on Twitter expressed skepticism that Pickle was real, including Mediaite Senior Editor Jon Levine. (Some noted that Vice President Mike Pence‘s cat is named Pickle.)
Ok. Serious question. Is Pickle real?
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 26, 2017
Thanks to some intrepid reporting by Monica Hesse of the Washington Post, we can now say that Pickle, the human, is not a figment of anyone’s imagination.
He’s a real boy.
Per the Post‘s report, Dylan “Pickle” Harbin lives in Stockton, CA. His mom, SueAnn Harbin told the Post that she’s not herself political. But Dylan came to learn about Trump in his third grade class, which held a mock election last year. From there, he went on to have a Trump-themed birthday party, and came to love all things Trump.
“Do you think Donald Trump will live to be 100?” Pickle reportedly asked his mom. “Because then he can watch me be president.”
We suspect, should that day come, that some people will be looking for Pickle to produce his birth certificate.
In fact… while we’re on the subject.
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 28, 2017
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