Donald Trump has been unhappy about two 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners since they were announced. He’s always quick to pounce on any reporting that appears to incriminate him, and the investigation into his communications with Russia during his presidential campaign are a particular sticking point for him.
Trump has been demanding the revocation of the Pulitzer prizes awarded to the New York Times and Washington Post for their coverage of the investigation, for years now. The Trump Twitter Archive has a copy of a tweet he posted in March 2019:
So funny that The New York Times &, The Washington Post got a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage (100% NEGATIVE and FAKE!) of Collusion with Russia – And there was No Collusion! So, they were either duped or corrupt? In any event, their prizes should be taken away by the Committee!
Now he’s doubling down on a letter he released last month, saying that he’ll sue the Pulitzer Board if they don’t revoke the awards given for coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, and the contact between his campaign and Russian agents.
A copy of the letter was sent to Just The News, which describes the reporting of Trump’s ties to Russia as “discredited” and “debunked,” despite Robert Mueller’s report laying out numerous instances of coordination between the Trump team and Russian agents.
The new letter threatens legal action if the awards are not revoked:
It is hereby demanded that the Pulitzer Prize Board take immediate steps to strip the New York Times and The Washington Post of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Pulitzer Prize Board’s failure to do so will result in prompt legal action being taken against it.
Though there’s no official answer to the letter as yet, there’s also no sign whatsoever that the Pulitzer Board would consider revoking a prize in response to a threat.
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