In 1992 someone wrote a letter to the editor to New York Magazine boasting about how “all women love Donald Trump” and the internet is pretty sure the letter was penned by none other than Trump himself.
The accusation that President Trump posed as someone else to make himself look better isn’t too far off base. Last year, The Washington Post revealed that Trump had previously posed as two spokespersons, John Barron and John Miller, in order to brag about himself.
Trump, of course, denied the claim, but the paper dredged up a 1990 lawsuit where Trump confirmed he’d used the alias John Barron.
The letter starts off innocently enough:
“Based on the fact that I work for Donald Trump as his secretary—and therefore know him well—I think he treats women with great respect, contrary to what Julie Baumgold implied in her article…” the letter begins.
Red flags start to go up rather quickly though.
“I do not believe any man in America gets more calls from women wanting to see him, meet him, or go out with him,” the letter continues. “The most beautiful women, the most successful women—all women love Donald Trump.”
Oh look. Donald Trump wrote to @NYMag in 1992. pic.twitter.com/oUPPn1oYXy
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) October 26, 2017
The letter, dated Dec. 7, 1992, was allegedly signed by a woman name Carolin Gallego. It came to light recently when the magazine published old letters to the editor in its 50th anniversary collection.
The letter sounds familiar
Looking at the language of the letter, a few similarities stand out.
We know from hundreds of speeches and thousands of tweets that Trump has a penchant for exaggeration. Trump tweeted the word “best” 411 times, “successful” 87 times and “beautiful” 158 times, Yahoo reported.
There’s also the consistency with how Trump has previously described his supposed respect for women.
On five occasions he has said the phrase “great respect” when talking about his treatment of women.
Hillary, when you complain about “a penchant for sexism,” who are you referring to. I have great respect for women. BE CAREFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
Who is Carolin Gallego
The mysterious women who penned the complimentary letter to the editor and was also apparently Trump’s secretary has been near impossible to pin down.
Carolin Gallego isn’t a name that many familiar with Trump know. Trump’s longtime assistant was named Norma Foerderer. When she retired in 2006, she was replaced by Rhonda Graff.
Multiple calls and emails from Mashable to several people named Carolin Gallego went unanswered.
The Washingtonian reported that Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, didn’t know the name Carolin Gallego.