On 25 May 2017, the Facebook page for the cartoon Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County posted a photograph of what appeared to be a cease & desist letter from President Trump’s lawyers demanding that the cartoonist stop using doctored images of Trump family members to promote his work:
To use language you might understand (per my client’s wishes) we will “have your [redacted] in a sling by lunch.”
Web sites and social media users initially accepted the claim on its face:
— (((Jim Price))) ? (@JimPrice47) May 25, 2017
— Angie S (@Nettkitten) May 25, 2017
BuzzFeed contacted the law firm that supposedly sent the letter, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, who told the news outlet that it was “a fraud.” Reporter Lachlan Markey also contacted the firm and determined the letter wasn’t real:
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 25, 2017
Seitz, Dan. “Trump Is Threatening The Creator Of ‘Bloom County’ Over A Facebook Meme [UPDATED].”
Uproxx. 25 May 2017.
Wikipedia. “Berkeley Breathed.”
26 May 2017.