White House reading letters from kids is a cheap form of distraction


Politicians using kids to improve their image is nothing new, but the White House’s current technique is gross.

In an attempt to shine a positive light on Trump after weeks of controversy — the failed GOP health care bills, Anthony Scaramucci’s foul mouth, Russia, Russia, Russia — the White House communications team has been reading letters that stroke the president’s ego during press briefings. Sure, politicians have meet and greets with kids all the time, but using a kid’s letter to say, “hey, people like President Trump” is a gross waste of everyone’s time.

And before we get into the nitty-gritty of these letters, which have now been featured two times in as many weeks, let’s get this out of the way: Obama also leveraged letters from kids for political points. But those letters were meant to further a policy agenda — if you’re against that kind of strategy too, that’s understandable — while the letters cherrypicked by the Trump team just praise Trump.  Read more…

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