Donald Trump has a history of pretending to be other people. Maybe it’s because he gets tired of being an orange stained ignoramus all the time, or maybe it’s just because he’s mentally unstable. His latest “character” is the strangest yet.
Buzzfeed reports that in 2009, one of Trump’s many failed business went bankrupt. At the time, Trump was in the midst of heated negotiations with his investors to settle the issue. Kristopher Hansen, a lawyer representing the investors, received a sinister call one afternoon. A man with a New York accent growled into the phone:
“My name is Carmine. I don’t know why you’re fucking with Mr. Trump but if you keep fucking with Mr. Trump, we know where you live and we’re going to your house for your wife and kids,” the voice said.
The FBI investigated the criminal threat, and discovered it was made at 2:05 PM from a payphone across the street from the Ed Sullivan theatre. The Late Show With David Letterman filmed at the theatre and Trump appeared on the program the same day. It taped at 4:30 PM, and the guests were told to arrive early.
Hansen said it’s possible the voice belonged to Trump’s personal bodyguard. Out of concern for his safety the police department dispatched officers to protect the lawyer’s house. Resorting to such thuggish intimidation is in keeping with Trump’s style. A private investigator recently admitted that he used to threaten and blackmail people on behalf of the reality star.
What’s more, Trump seems to have a habit of making fake phone calls. As previously reported by The Washington Post, Trump used to pretend to be his own media spokesman on the phone throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Sometimes the character would be named “John Miller,” other times “John Barron.” It’s worth noting that the fictional surname would later become his youngest son’s name.
“John Barron/Miller” bragged to reporters about his his boss Trump, and spent a lot of time talking about the real estate mogul’s sex life. ““Actresses just call to see if they can go out with him and things,” the character claimed. The voice sounded just like Trump.
Most tellingly, in a testimony before court in 1990 Trump admitted that he had used the aliases in the past. However, when the The Washington Post called Trump and asked if he had ever employed a man named “John Barron” he immediately hung up on them.
At another point, he called a newspaper pretending to be an “anonymous tipster” and reported that Trump had been spotted going on dates with models. The bizarre behavior shows just how cripplingly insecure our childish president is.
It might actually be funny were he not the man in control of our nuclear arsenal.