Sorry Conservatives, President Bone Spurs Probably Didn’t Actually Stop A Mugging

You’ve probably seen conservatives chirping about that time Donald Trump bravely hopped out of his limo to stop a bat-wielding mugger while on his way to a Paula Abdul concert — but it appears that the story is about as legitimate as any other Trump story with a single account supporting his version.

The newspaper clipping shared to support the claim is in fact real and it does in fact say that Trump “stopped” the mugging, but here’s the thing…

If you actually read the article conservatives are sharing, there are two sources for the claim that Trump had something to do with the mugger running off — Donald Trump himself and a “witness” who “asked not to be identified” who says that the violent mugger dropped the bat on Trump’s command and “came over and started talking to him.”

Another witness who wasn’t afraid to be named says that isn’t what happened:

Kathleen Romeo, a 16-year-old student at St. Michael’s Academy in Manhattan, said cries of “There’s Trump!” went through the crowd of onlookers when the erstwhile deal maker emerged from his limousine in front of a Smiler’s deli.

“A lot of people were surprised that he got out to see what was happening,” Romeo said, adding that the bat-wielder ran off just before Trump actually appeared, and that Trump, “just looked around and went back into his limo.”

Nevertheless, Trump paints himself as the hero in this attack, which was never reported to police:

“The guy with the bat looked at me, and I said, “Look, you’ve gotta stop this. Put down the bat,”‘ Trump said. “I guess he recognized me because he said, ‘Mr. Trump, I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘How could you not do anything wrong when you’re whacking a guy with a bat?’ Then he ran away.”

It’s been around three decades since the incident, so it’s difficult to say which version is true — well, it would be difficult if Trump didn’t have a well-documented habit of posing as other people to talk himself up (just ask Trump “spokesmen” John Miller and John Barron, both of whom were actually Trump).

It we’re taking the word of one named witness versus Donald Trump and an unnamed witness with a suspicious account (the mugger just stopped to chat with The Donald?), it’s probably best to bet on the first witness who had nothing to gain or lose in the situation.

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