The Scrawler strikes again: A Trumpian response to my letter to the editor

letter to editorFound today in my mailbox—the snail-mail kind: A note in response to my recent letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The note, postmarked St. Louis, but with no return address—of course—was written in a nearly illegible scrawl—all caps, on lined notebook paper. It’s a scrawl that I recognized as soon as I saw the envelope.

I’m not a handwriting expert, but I think that this same person sent me a similarly angry response about 10 years ago, when he/she saw my letter to the editor about the danger of allowing handguns everywhere in Missouri. [Wish I could find that note! It was more threatening than this one. It said something like, “Jews like you should be shot.”  I think I reported it to the police. Maybe this guy is ten years older now and less aggressive due to reduced testosterone?]

The previous letter landed in my mailbox without a stamp or a postmark, which meant that The Scrawler tracked me down and came to my house to personally deposit his/her hate in my curbside mailbox. That was truly scary.

This note is less frightening, but still worth mentioning.The first one came as a shock. This one is less surprising, because we have now entered the Trumpian era, where the President-elect himself has legitimized anger and has brought hate speech into the mainstream.

Here’s what the note says [as far as I can decode it]:

NOVEMBER 10, 2016

HELLO MS DEMOCRAT

DONALD TRUMP WON YOU LOSE

GROW UP AND GET A LIFE YOU SORE LOSER

I WON’T SUFFER IF [illegible] DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE IF YOU DO TO YOU LUCK

YOU ARE A LAP DOG FOR HILLARY CLINTON. HER [illegible]

NOW A BIT OF HUM [I interpret this to mean “humor.”] AN CRUMPLED [?] COPY OF YOUR EDITORIAL IS [illegible illegible illegible] THE BOTTOM OF MY BIRDCAGE

If anyone out there can look at the attached image of the note and decipher the remaining words, please let me know.

I accept that The Scrawler has as much right to his/her opinion and anger as I have to mine. I know that the 1st Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, and that both letters to the editor and personal responses come under that right. We are both humans and citizens of the United States [I assume]. But there is one major difference between me and The Scrawler:

I signed my letter.

 

Gloria Shur Bilchik Gloria Shur Bilchik (624 Posts)

Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of democratic values and progressive programs as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.


  • Ed

    It appears that you wanted the letter to be signed. Why?

  • interference

    That’s what you took from this Ed? The person went to her house, left ad hominem in her mailbox in the form of a letter (cough), but did not even have the courage to sign their name. i.e. A coward.

  • jmcasas

    right?! Not to mention that placing a letter in a precedential mailbox, not delivered by a postal worker, is illegal.