No, Tommy Lee did not write that “Dear F***ing Lunatic” letter to Donald Trump

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ABC/Evans WardNo, Tommy Lee did not write that scathing letter to President Donald Trump.

Over the weekend, the Mötley Crüe drummer started trending on Twitter when people assumed that he had penned a letter to Trump, which began “Dear F***ing Lunatic.” However Lee, who shared the letter on March 20, is not the author.

The letter — which rivals any Martin Scorsese movie with its use of the “F word” — was actually credited to someone named Craig Alan Wilkins, though it’s unclear if that’s the actual author, as well.

As the fact-checking site Snopes.com points out, most of the letter is reproduced from a 2017 piece written by someone calling themselves Aldous J Pennyfarthing.

Pennyfarthing also wrote a book titled Dear F***ing Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, and tweeted about it when Lee started trending.

“Yes, I’m the original author of the ‘Dear F***ing Lunatic’ letter,” Pennyfarthing wrote. “Not Tommy Lee. I simply don’t measure up to Tommy Lee.”

As for who Wilkins is, Snopes theorizes that a social media user by that name first shared the letter when Lee saw it, or that “Aldous J Pennyfarthing” could be Wilkins’ pen name. 

One thing is for sure, though: Tommy Lee did not write the letter. Even so, Lee is very much not a fan of the president, and frequently criticizes Trump on his social media.

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