In New York‘s 50th anniversary issue, the magazine shared notable letters that it received over the last few decades. There are letters from Jackie Robinson, Spike Lee, and Gore Vidal. But one of the letters was written by a person we haven’t heard of. She may not even exist.
The letter is from Carolin Gallego, who claimed to be President Donald Trump’s secretary in the 1990s. Once the letter began circulating across the internet, people noticed that the language sounded very familiar.
Oh look. Donald Trump wrote to @NYMag in 1992. pic.twitter.com/oUPPn1oYXy
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) October 26, 2017
The letters page in @NYMag’s 50th anniversary issue is dynamite. I wonder if Carolin Gallego had a ghostwriter? pic.twitter.com/vupbhqVOi3
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) October 22, 2017
I am AMAZED he came up with a pseudonym as good as Carolin Gallego. https://t.co/lAKOBFvlVr
— Noah Antwiler (@TheSpoonyOne) October 26, 2017
Fun fact: Carolin Gallego uses language exactly like Donald Trump when writing unctuous letters in his defence. Fancy that! pic.twitter.com/G58Jtd5P0m
— Lee Gee (@LSG333) October 26, 2017
People started trying to find Carolin Gallego. No one seems to recognize the name.
There’s only one Carolin Gallego in public records & she is 44 right now, meaning that Trump probably used the name of a 19-year-old intern. https://t.co/i7Ev9byWCu
— skeleton roger 💀💀 (@iamtherog) October 26, 2017
“Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Washingtonian he did not recognize the name Carolin Gallego.” https://t.co/FSzZu8G3jF
— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) October 26, 2017
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Maybe her name changed, or it was spelled incorrectly in the original letter. Or maybe this is another John Miller incident, the PR flack whose voice sounded a lot like Trump’s during an interview.
So did Trump ghostwrite, or dictate, this letter to the magazine? Look at all the times Trump has said, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” and then read this letter. You decide.