South Boston’s James “Whitey” Bulger was one of America’s most famous criminals, eluding FBI officials for 16 years. Eventually, Bulger was arrested, found guilty and later stabbed to death in prison at the age of 89.
In the 17 years he spent in prison, the gangster wrote a number of letters to various associates. The letters, obtained by NBC News, reveal that Bulger was a huge fan of President Donald Trump and critical of the news media.
In one note, Bulger wrote, “Trump is tough and fights back instead of bowing down to pressure — and caving in to press! U.S. agrees with him press attacking and his reaction increases his popularity — He has my vote so far.”
The gangster also felt that the president was a strong negotiator. “History may show Trump was the man of the hour,” he wrote. “Feel China respects him and hesitant to try to bully him.”
He was also complimentary of Trump’s relationship with the First Lady, “My bet is he’s happy with present wife and settled down. No way would he wind up in Oval Office with a Monica Lewinsky — That was a scandal! Same media that attacks Trump would cover up for Bill Clinton.”
Bulger, who was an FBI target for many years was, unsurprisingly, critical of Robert Mueller, “Sorry to hear Trump is being boxed in by so many,” Bulger wrote last August. “Trump is experiencing what Mueller and company can orchestrate. [Mueller] should observe biblical saying – ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.'”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.