According to Bob Woodward’s 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 president’s claims are easily refuted, as was done by HuffPost in 2016.
Trump has repeatedly referred to people using the R-word:
> Donald Trump’s many appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show are the fountain of filth that keeps on giving, providing valuable insight into the nominee’s 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 it’s an hour program. And “Friends” as you know is a half-hour.
> Stern: That’s right.
> Trump: And you know who told me that one? I have a golf pro who’s mentally retarded. I mean he’s really not a smart guy. And I’m playing golf and I’m thinking about what I’m 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:
> Trump’s use of this language appears to be habitual. In an earlier visit to Stern’s 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.