There are so many layers to this particular Donald Trump story, it’s hard to keep track of fact and fiction because — to be blunt — it seems like Trump may not recognize what’s real at this point. Or perhaps he’s just that good at lying. Let’s rehash and dig even further into the fakery of the real estate mogul, who’s an expert spokesperson for himself.
About a month ago, BuzzFeed unearthed a story about how Trump told some big lies in 1991. The real estate mogul apparently phoned news outlets and pretended to be a fake spokesperson named John Miller to report how Trump was dating Italian supermodel Carla Bruni. He spread this rumor even as he was romancing Marla Maples (who he married in 1993). Bruni, of course, denied everything and branded Trump “a lunatic.” That same year, People‘s Sue Carswell played the recording of “John Miller” for Maples, who confirmed that the voice indeed belonged to Trump. All of this made little sense. Why would Trump, who could afford the best PR people, bother to impersonate rather than employ anyone?
Last Friday morning, Donald Trump did not waver at all while speaking on Today. He insisted that he knew nothing about this “scam.” He said the false spokesperson sounded nothing like himself, and this must surely be one of countless Trump impersonators trying to make a buck off his name. To complicate matters, Trump used not only the John Miller alias, but also favored “John Barron” while bragging about his dating life and random personal details that a PR person simply wouldn’t know or discuss.