Montclair woman sends postcards to Trump, Washington players

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An Essex County woman says that she is staying politically active by sending postcards to President Donald Trump and other political players in Washington.

Montclair resident Elisabeth Egan says that she began writing the postcards after attending the Women’s Day March after President Trump was elected. She says that she felt powerless after the election and wanted to make her voice heard.

“When you get a sort of measured, handwritten piece of mail, you pay a little more attention. Or at least I do,” Egan says.

Egan says that she planned to write 100 postcards for the president’s first 100 days and post them on the Instagram account @100postcards. But after the 100 days were up, she says that she kept going.

“As I’ve become more frustrated with the administration I’ve probably taken on more of a ‘tone’ than I did in the beginning, as my mother would say, but I really try hard to write the notes from one human being to another,” she says.

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The postcards aren’t always to Donald Trump. She has written to U.S. senators, former FBI Director James Comey and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who recently announced that he won’t seek re-election.

“I just said ‘Dear Paul Ryan. Bye.’ He's been a particular thorn in my side for some reason,” Egan says.

Egan also wrote a note to first lady Melania Trump after the reports of the president's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

“You deserve better. You are not alone. You will get through this,” Egan wrote to the first lady. “She's a lot more alone than I am despite being on the world stage and I really feel for her.”

She says that she sometimes offers advice to the president telling him "personally I wouldn't meet with Kim Jong Un.”

And the cards aren’t always negative. She says that she once sent a note to the president telling him that she liked his comments about embracing gun control.

“Sometimes something good happens and then I’m the first person to write,” she says.

Egan says that she has not received any correspondence back from the president or the White House. News 12 New Jersey reached out to the White House to see if Egan’s cards were ever received, but did not hear back.

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