Donald Trump's latest target is a 17-year-old who created the website, KittenFeed.com. Originally called TrumpScratch.com, the site features kitten paws that you can move around to scratch images of the president's face.
Instead of running the country, Trump has decided his priority is sending cease-and-desist letters to high school girls for making funny websites.
"I was going to just let this go, but I think it's, pardon my French, fucking outrageous that the president of the United States has his team scouring the internet for sites like mine to send out cease and desists and legal action claims if we don't shut down," Lucy, the site's creator, told the Observer.
At the advice of her attorney, Lucy changed the name of the site from TrumpScratch to KittenFeed. "It's so sad that his administration is focused more on being liked, burying real news and taking down sites like mine as they supposedly make him look bad," she said.
Trump's representatives sent her another cease-and-desist letter after the site's name change, but Lucy and her lawyer aren't currently taking any further action.
But can we pause for a second and talk about how awesome it is that a teen girl like Lucy is not only politically engaged, but is also into coding? According to the National Science Board, 2016 data shows that while half of college-educated people in the U.S workforce are women, women only make up about 29% of STEM jobs. This number is especially low in the fields of engineering (15%) and computer/mathematical science (25%).
Lucy began learning how to code when she was 16 and is currently participating in a coding bootcamp. The site only took her about three hours to create. She dreams of working for a tech company, and has even began to apply for web development jobs to jumpstart her career.
You go, Lucy! We're totally behind you. Keep on scratchin' Trump!
EDIT: It's been brought to our attention that there may be some descrepencies in the Observer's story. Upon researching this, the domain kittenfeed.com was registered on March 2nd, 2017, which fits within the timeline Lucy described. Many are pointing to the fact trumpscratch.com wasn't registered until the day after the Oberver's piece went live, and to someone in the U.K. However, as Lucy said, she let go of that domain name after Trump's initial C&D letter, and it was probably purchased by an unrelated party. Trump's representatives have also denied that they sent these C&D letters.
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Rafaella is a graduate of The New School, where she majored in journalism and minored in gender studies. She's passionate about feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, combatting online harassment, and ending herpes stigma. Visit her website: ellagunz.com