Trump Denies Ever Calling Anyone "Mentally Retarded" Despite Doing So Repeatedly

President Trump told a verifiable falsehood in claiming he has never called anyone "mentally retarded."

According to Bob Woodwards latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, President Donald Trump has referred to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as mentally retarded and a dumb Southerner.

But Trump strongly denied having ever said such things about Sessions, claiming in the same tweet that he has never referred to anyone as mentally retarded.

> The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions 'mentally retarded' and 'a dumb southerner,'" Trump tweeted. "I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!"

However, the presidents claims are easily refuted, as was done by HuffPost in 2016.

Trump has repeatedly referred to people using the R-word:

> Donald Trumps many appearances on Howard Sterns radio show are the fountain of filth that keeps on giving, providing valuable insight into the nominees character with every newly resurrected clip.


> In a September 2004 visit to The Howard Stern Show, Trump called his golf instructor mentally retarded while recalling his salary negotiations with NBC for his reality show:

> Trump: I said, well wait a minute, lets go a little further. My ratings are higher than Friends now by a lot. And the other thing is its an hour program. And Friends as you know is a half-hour.

> Stern: Thats right.

> Trump: And you know who told me that one? I have a golf pro whos mentally retarded. I mean hes really not a smart guy. And Im playing golf and Im thinking about what Im going to tell NBC, and this golf-pro comes up to me and he tells me, Yeah but your show is an hour and Friends is a half-hour.

But this is not an isolated incident; Trump used to term on an earlier Stern show that year as well:

> Trumps use of this language appears to be habitual. In an earlier visit to Sterns show that April, Trump used the slur for an unnamed reporter who criticized his business skills.

In 2016, reports also surfaced that the president used the same term repeatedly to describe actress Marlee Matlin while she was a contestant on The Apprentice in Season 11.

Matlin happens to be hearing-impaired.