I’m beginning to wonder if Trump isn’t some sort of sociopath. He’s a narcissist and that’s without doubt, and it’s true that people lie about the strangest things, but whether it’s his “self-funded campaign” or 76 percent of claims he’s made that are straight up lies, mistruths are the one thing Trump does really well.
For instance, Trump insisted on national TV that he didn’t pose as his own spokesperson during calls to journalists, and didn’t claim in those calls Madonna, among other women, wanted to date him — despite a number of experts insisting otherwise.
On Thursday, the Washington Post went public with audio of an individual who’s clearly the Teflon Don masquerading as his own publicist and using that as an opportunity to brag about himself. Now, I’d have far too much shame and dignity to do something like that, but that, clearly, is why I’m not rich.
According to the Post, a publicist called “John Miller” or “John Barron” called journalists from Trump’s office in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Miller — or Barron — reportedly sounded very much like Trump; a fact confirmed by journalists and “several of Trump’s top aids.”
In the recording published by the Post, Trump — masquerading as Miller — is speaking with People magazine reporter Sue Carswell. Carswell was one of the many, many people who recognized Miller as Trump, and told the Post:
This was so farcical, that he pretended to be his own publicist. Here was this so-called billion-dollar real estate mogul, and he can’t hire his own publicist. It also said something about the control he wanted to keep of the news cycle flowing with this story, and I can’t believe he thought he’d get away with it.
In this interview, Trump — pretending to be Miller — claimed that Trump is a “good guy” and that Madonna wanted to date him. In fact, the Post made note of his portrayal of women, saying: “what stands out to some who received those calls is Trump’s characterization of women who he portrayed as drawn to him sexually.”
This in and of itself is bizarre enough, but that Trump would come along and deny it adds an extra layer — because that’s exactly what Trump did when confronted with the recording on the Today show Friday.
After the audio finished, Trump said:
You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all.
I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and you can imagine that. This sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams. It doesn’t sound like me.
Trump went on to add that:
It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I’ll tell you that, and it was not me on the phone.
I bolded part of that for some reason, and I’m not sure why. I think it might be relevant later if Trump comes back and complains about a faulty ear piece. I’m not sure where I’d get the impression Trump would ever do something like that, but you can’t deny that gut feeling, you know?
Add to the xenophobia, racism, anti-LGBT bigotry, worship of the bourgeoisie parasite class, proud belligerent stupidity that’s as abrasive as low-quality toilet paper, the pathological lying and refusal to take ownership of the past, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone Trump managed to get this far. He embodies every single aspect of the GOP in such a way that he’s the Galatea to their Pygmalion, or, and perhaps a better analogy, the Adam to their Dr. Frankenstein.
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