Update: Donald Trump's former campaign adviser, Roger Stone, admitted that the presumptive nominee was his own spokesperson during the 1990s.
Stone told Breitbart radio on Saturday that Trump did pose as his own publicist.
“Trump wanted to get his spin and his side of the story, so he handled the press call himself, probably because he didn’t want to pay a public relations expert. What difference does it make?," Stone said, asserting the media should focus on Clinton's political scandals rather than Trump's pseudonyms.
Update: When the Washington Post attempted to call Trump and obtain a statement, the line suddenly went dead. Reporters asked Trump if he had ever employed someone named John Miller as a spokesperson, after which the call dropped.
Trump's secretary later said, "I heard you got disconnected. He can’t take the call now. I don’t know what happened.”
If you needed more proof that Donald Trump is a narcissistic, compulsive liar, the Washington Post has revealed that he’s been known to pretend to be his own spokesman just to talk himself up to the media.
During the early years of his career — using the pseudonyms, “John Miller” and “John Barron” — Trump would speak to reporters on his own behalf.
Several journalists who encountered the fictitious characters and some of Trump’s former aides have confirmed the charade.
Evidently, he wasn’t too great at disguising his very recognizable voice because they all said he sounded exactly like himself, according to The Washington Post.
Back in 1991, Sue Carswell — who was working for People magazine — was assigned to cover Trump’s divorce from his then wife Ivana. She recalled him defending his romantic relationships and personal character.
“He’s a good guy, and he’s not going to hurt anybody ... He treated his wife well and ... he will treat Marla well,” he reportedly said of his budding relationship with model Marla Maples at the time.
He also bragged about actresses and celebrity women being attracted to him, even claiming singer Madonna and actress Kim Basinger wanted to go out on a date with him.
In addition to sharing stories about his love life, he also reportedly boasted of his financial status.
Trump was confronted about the old recordings on Friday during a segment of NBC’s “Today” and in true Trump fashion, he denied it all and played dumb.
“No, I don’t think it — I don’t know anything about it. You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” he said. “I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and then you can imagine that, and this sounds like one of the scams, one of the many scams — doesn’t sound like me.”
He addressed the issue again with a more definitive declaration that the person on the phone was not him. He also tried to belittle the Post’s discovery by pointing out how old the recordings are.
“It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that, and it was not me on the phone. And when was this? Twenty-five years ago?”
Carswell, who unveiled the decades-old tapes, reminisced on her encounter and the strangeness of it all.
“This was so farcical, that he pretended to be his own publicist," she said. "Here was this so-called billion-dollar real estate mogul, and he can’t hire his own publicist. It also said something about the control he wanted to keep of the news cycle flowing with this story, and I can’t believe he thought he’d get away with it.”
This bizarre news comes as no surprise since Trump has displayed signs of being very narcissistic throughout his career and recently during his presidential campaign.
He also knows how to work the press, which has helped propel his popularity and make way for him to become the GOP presidential presumptive nominee. He previously outlined his mentality regarding the media in his book, “The Art of the Deal.”
“One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better,” Trump wrote. “The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”
That pompous quote actually offers insight into exactly the strategy he’s been using throughout his campaign, which has been both sensational and controversial, to say the least.
Other reporters have attested to receiving calls from Trump’s “spokesperson.” According to the Washington Post, editors at New York tabloids claimed they received calls from “Barron” so often that it became a running joke in their offices.
Before you start thinking that this level of narcissism is too far-fetched to believe, remember that Trump — a presidential candidate with no political experience — recently told reporters that his primary foreign policy consultant is himself. (side-eye…)