For those exhausted by analysis of Donald Trump’s commanding lead in the polls, the Washington Post has taken a delightful deep dive into the presidential candidate’s attempt to cheat his way to a top-notch golf game.
The Washington Post spoke with numerous golfers who have played with Trump and either witnessed him cheat or caught wind of the real estate mogul’s reputation as a cheater.
Mark Mulvoy, former editor of Sports Illustrated, told the Post that he caught Trump cheating during a game in the mid-1990s.
“Ahh, the guys I play with cheat all the time,” Trump allegedly told Mulvoy. “I have to cheat just to keep up with them.”
Though Trump brushed off his attempt at cheating at the time, he firmly denied that the incident took place when asked by the Post.
“I don’t even know who he is,” Trump said about Mulvoy. “I don’t drop balls, I don’t move balls. I don’t need to.”
Sports writer Rick Reilly also described Trump’s propensity for cheating at golf to the Washington Post.
“When it comes to cheating, he’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” he said.
Trump also had a negative reaction to Reilly’s account when approached by the Post.
“I always thought he was a terrible writer,” he said. “I absolutely killed him, and he wrote very inaccurately. I would say that he’s a very dishonest writer.”
Musician Alice Cooper has also hinted that Trump cheats at golf, another claim denied by Trump.
However, Mulvoy and Reilly, along with others interviewed by the Post about Trump’s golf game, agreed that Trump is an excellent golfer regardless, and also a hoot to play with.
“He’s exhausting, but I want to be clear: I really liked him. It was just like being in a crazy carnival for a day. Though I’m not sure it would be so much fun when it starts to count,” Reilly told the Post about Trump.
Trump also told the Post that he would love to play Jeb Bush in a game of golf.
“That would be even easier than running against him in politics,” he said.
Read the full Washington Post story here.