Donald Trump gave quite the press conference following election results Tuesday night.
Instead of focusing on the election, Trump spent an exorbitant amount of time and energy defending a bunch of past business ventures and products with his name on them. The problem? They don’t exist. You won’t find any Trump Steaks, Trump Water, Trump Magazine or Trump Vodka — they’re all failed products, no longer available for purchase.
“It’s really crazy,” Glenn said on radio Wednesday. “You’re going to be president of the United States and you’re lying about your fake meat products?”
It might seem impossible to keep up with Trump’s litany of lies, but Glenn managed to identify at least ten from Tuesday’s press conference alone. He laid them out on his TV show Wednesday night.
Lie #1: Trump Beats Hillary in the Polls
Donald: “If I win and if I get to go against Hillary, polls are showing that I beat her.”
Wrong. Trump is the only candidate actually losing in polls against Hillary. Cruz beats her. Rubio beats her. Even Kasich destroys Hillary. There are only two polls out of dozens we found that show Trump ahead.
Lies #2 and #3: Mitt Romney Said Trump Water in His Speech / Trump Water Exists
Donald: “And Mitt got up, and he really shouldn’t have done it . . . and he talked about the water company, well there’s the water company, and we sell water and we have water and it’s a very successful, you know, it’s a private little water company and I supply the water for all my places . . . and it’s good, but it’s very good.”
First of all, Romney never mentioned a Trump water company in his speech. Secondly, Trump Water doesn’t exist. The bottles displayed at Trump’s press conference were produced by the Village Springs Corporation, which private labels water for clients. Having another water company place your label on their product is not the same thing as owning your own water company.
Lie #4: Trump Steaks Exists
Donald: “We have Trump Steaks.”
Trump Steaks once sold products at the Sharper Image, but they’ve been discontinued. Trump Steaks are not available to purchase because they don’t exist. The steaks displayed at Trump’s press conference had the Bush Brothers label on them. Trump didn’t even bother to have his staff remove the other company’s label.
Lie #5: Trump Magazine Exists
Donald: “We have Trump Magazine . . . He said Trump Magazine is out, and I said, ‘It is? I thought I read one two days ago.'”
Trump Magazine closed shop in 2009. Donald Trump pays another company to publish an annual edition every year that is placed in his hotels. It is not his business. He doesn’t own it. Additionally, the publication held up at Trump’s press conference — The Jewel of Palm Beach — is not a magazine, it’s a thick brochure like you’d find in a hotel room.
Lie #6: Trump Airlines Was Sold in a Great Deal
Donald: “The airline, by the way, I sold the airline, you know, he said ‘Trump Airline,’ well I sold the airline, and I actually made a great deal, complicated, and in really terrible times, the economy was horrible, and I made a phenomenal deal.”
Trump Airlines wasn’t sold in a “complicated way.” It was quite simple. The bank essentially “repossessed” the company because Trump defaulted on payments. He lost over a hundred million dollars.
Lie #7: Three People Love Trump University
Donald: “Three people were saying, ‘Oh, it was so terrible.’ The reason I didn’t settle, everyone of these people . . . we sent their letters out, their report cards, their report cards were all excellent, beautiful statements. ‘We love it.’ You can’t settle cases when the person suing you has given you letters, and in some cases tapes, saying how great it is.”
Trump recently took to his website to bully three people filing suit against Trump University, naming them each online. One of the three has left the lawsuit because she doesn’t want to be a part of the media circus — she’s afraid of Donald Trump. He tries to make the case that their positive reviews make them look like hypocrites or even liars, just out to make a buck. But here’s what he won’t tell you. Those “report cards” were filled out at the beginning of their classes, when Trump University was free. After the awesome “free” part, they had to pay $7,000 and then $35,000 to keep going. At that point, they realized Trump University was a total scam.
Trump also claims the university is “on hold” until the lawsuits are over, but the state of New York prefers the words “cease and desist.” They sent Trump University a cease and desist letter when they found out he was using the term “university” without a license — which is illegal. The multiple state investigations and class action lawsuits should help keep Trump University “on hold.”
Lie #8: Trump Doesn’t Settle Lawsuits
Donald: “I don’t settle lawsuits — very rare — because once you settle lawsuits everybody sues you.”
This one took some serious research to disprove. Staff members spent several minutes on Google to learn that Trump settled out of court with a New Hampshire man that sued him over age discrimination against older contestants who wanted to be on The Apprentice. Frivolous, to be sure, but Trump did settle out of court. American Dream Festival also filed a lawsuit for breach of contract and sexual harassment regarding a beauty contest that was to be held in one of his hotels. Rather than fight it, Trump settled out of court.
Lie #9: Trump Vodka Exists
Donald: “[Romney] mentioned Trump Vodka.”
Instead of talking about vodka, Trump talked about the water and the wine that Mitt Romney never mentioned. Trump Vodka was started in 2008 and died less than two years later — it just wasn’t selling. But there is still one client that has Trump Vodka available to its customers — and that’s any Trump hotel. There were boxes and boxes of Trump Vodka when the company went under, so he sold it to himself.
Lie #10: Trump’s Great Company Has No Debt
Donald: “I built a great, great company. I have very low debt. I have assets like this (hands spread wide). This is owned 100 percent by me with no debt.”
He’s talking about Doral in Florida. Now we can’t verify most of these claims until he releases his tax returns (which will never happen because he’s in trouble), but we were able to check into one claim. He implied that Doral was among his debt-free properties. In truth, he actually has two very large mortgages on Doral. His filings with the FEC shows he owes $265 million in debt. We’ll only know for sure when and if he releases his taxes.
Then there were two “unofficial lies” Glenn highlighted.
(Unofficial) Lie #11: Never Have so Many Horrible Things Been Said of Trump in One Week
Donald: “I don’t think I’ve ever had so many horrible, horrible things said about me in one week.”
Since that’s subjective — only Donald Trump knows Donald Trump’s worst week — it doesn’t make the official count. However, arguably, there have been other weeks one might consider contenders:
• The week in 1990 when Vanity Fair destroyed him about an affair with a Penthouse Pet
• The week that he filed for bankruptcy in 1991
• The week that he filed for bankruptcy in 1992
• The week that he filed for bankruptcy in 2004
• The week that he filed for bankruptcy in 2009
But let’s not get nit picky here.
Finally, (Unofficial) Lie #12: Trump Is a Very Good Christian
Donald: "I'm a very good Christian."
“I’m going to try to cover this in the most loving way possible,” Glenn said. “Because I don’t think it’s a lie per se, I just don’t think he understands Christianity at all.”
Only Donald Trump knows what’s on his heart, so it’s not our place to judge. And there’s this other guy – God – that typically is the one that judges people.
What does stands out about Donald Trump’s comments, though, is when he says he’s going to be the best thing that’s ever happened to Christians. The whole point of Christianity is that no one is perfect – no one. Only Jesus is perfect, and he died on the cross for our sins. It’s called the Good News. That is the best thing that’s ever happened to Christians. And no person could ever top that.
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to people from a balcony after holding a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club Jupiter on March 8, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)