At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency, most Americans are keenly aware of Trump’s propensity for misrepresenting the truth and flat out lying -- seemingly indiscriminately about things both big and small.
But Trump’s history of telling falsehoods begins well before his run for office. According to Trump biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael D’Antonio, one has to travel back to Trump’s childhood to find the beginning of his pathological lying.
“This is Donald, really going back to his school days when he was a boy, he insisted to others that he had hit home runs he had never hit in ball games,” D’Antonio said. …
Trump “left the New York Military Academy declaring himself the greatest baseball player in New York state and it just went on and on and on,” D’Antonio said. “He was named the ladies man at a school that had no young women at it, so you tell me, he has been doing this forever.”
Interest in Trump’s rocky relationship with the truth was renewed last week when former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg revisited his notes and recordings with Trump -- and his fake persona “John Barron” -- from the early 1980s.
As Greenberg was putting together the Forbes 400 list of America’s most wealthy, Trump told numerous lies in an effort to climb higher up the ranks.
Though Trump denied using fake names to deceive journalists as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, he previously admitted under oath to using such tactics with the media.