In an effort to counter the persona portrayed in Bob Woodward’s new book about his administration, President Donald Trump said the quotes attributed to him are fabricated and that he does not talk that way.
The president’s response was aimed specifically at a portion of “Fear: Trump in the White House” that reports Trump’s use of the terms “mentally retarded” and “dumb Southerner” to describe Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a thick southern accent.
The New York Times noted that several taped recordings exist to prove Trump’s prior use of the phrase “mentally retarded”, but now a previously unreported incident has come to light on the second term: “a journalist who used to interact with Mr. Trump during his days as a real estate developer in New York said this week that he even used the phrase “dumb Southerner” to describe his own in-laws.”
> Jeane MacIntosh, a former deputy editor at Page Six, the New York Post gossip column that Mr. Trump for decades gave stories to, recalled him using the phrase “dumb Southerner” with her in a very specific context.
> Ms. MacIntosh had called Mr. Trump one day in May 1997 to ask him about a tip she had received that his second wife, Marla Maples, had purchased two gold Lexus cars and that he had made her return them.
> “He said, ‘I have something better for you,’” Ms. MacIntosh recalled in an interview on Wednesday. If she dropped that story, he said, he would give her bigger news — that he planned to divorce Ms. Maples. When Ms. MacIntosh pressed him on why, he “essentially blamed her family,” she said, referring to Ms. Maples’s Georgia-based relatives.
Trump asked MacIntosh if she was “old enough to remember the show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies?’”
> She replied yes, and Mr. Trump laughed and said, “That’s exactly her family, except they came to New York City instead of Beverly Hills.” Ms. MacIntosh added, “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said she was constantly surrounded ‘by an entourage of dumb Southerners.’” He even adopted a fake southern accent to mimic Ms. Maples’s mother, Ms. MacIntosh said.