A former New York Post reporter, Susan Mulcahy, covered Donald Trump when he was a real estate developer in the 1980s. She told The Guardian in an interview published on Friday,
He’s a pathological liar. I’ve said that repeatedly and I’ve been saying it since the ’80s. He has two sports, golf and lying, and that’s it. He just lies about everything. What you’re seeing now is what you saw 30 years ago.
Mulcahy says that even though she covered drama queens and power-hungry moguls every day when she wrote for the New York Post’s gossipy Page Six, Donald Trump stood out from the rest primarily because of the downright audacity of his lies—and because he’s a “narcissist beyond description. Every day I get up, look at the paper and can’t believe he’s president. It is such a joke to me.”
When asked about stunning reports that Trump is now questioning the legitimacy of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape where he can be heard talking about “grabbing” women’s genitals, she said that if Trump made a mistake, he’d just lie about it and pretend it never happened:
Most people have an alibi or a backup plan; Trump doesn’t do that. He just says the exact opposite of what he did five minutes ago….The way he lied I had never experienced before.
He has become so used to getting away with everything that the fact that he lies about everything clearly doesn’t bother him: he knows it’s going to roll off his back.
As she reveals in an excellent first-person account on Politico, Mulcahy believes Trump would grow bored with his job if he weren’t always the center of attention. She wishes it were possible to cover Trump’s administration without paying so much attention to Trump himself.
Donald Trump should be treated like a very, very bad child in a preschool. Like the kid in preschool who really wants attention, so he throws his excrement against the wall? That’s Trump on Twitter.
Bury the absurd outbursts and cover what is really happening. Don’t cover his personality and his statements on Twitter, because they’re ridiculous.
He would lose interest in the whole thing as soon as it wasn’t all about him. He would lose interest in being president if you just covered those actions….
I certainly did not envision my comments about his lying to become relevant in this context so many years later. I thought he would be a lounge act in Atlantic City about now. If so, he’d be happier, and the rest of us would have much less to worry about.