Although the rest of the media continues to treat Donald Trump‘s impersonation of his own PR person as an unknowable controversy even though he already admitted and apologized for it, CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Trump’s campaign manager Sunday morning and asked him why Trump continues to deny it was his voice on the recordings after he already admitted, on the record, that it was.
On Sunday morning’s State of the Union, Tapper began by playing a tape of Trump impersonating his own PR flack, then asked campaign manager Paul Manafort if the campaign is “seriously claiming that wasn’t Mr. Trump?”
When Manafort professed such seriousness, Tapper then confronted him on Trump’s prior admissions to the practice of impersonating imaginary PR people named John Miller and John Barron:
Tapper: In 1990 under oath he testified he did use the name John Barron, and in 1991 he told “People” magazine he did use the name John Miller so this has already been admitted previously. i don’t understand why now.
Manafort: I don’t know those facts to be true or not. I just know that he said it’s not him. I believe him.
Manafort’s response is likely characteristic of most Trump supporters’ reaction to this and other controversies, but Mr. Trump must now appeal to a broader electorate that isn’t so invested in ignoring issues like these, even from 25 years ago, and especially ones with such sensational value.
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