Audio Emerges Of Trump Claiming A Celebrity Voted For Him Who Died In 2014

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MSNBC shared audio this week appearing to show former President Donald Trump claim that he received support (a vote, specifically) from Joan Rivers… who died in 2014, years before Trump’s successful bid for the White House in 2016.

“I thought she might have been a Republican,” Trump said, apparently referencing the late celebrity in a recorded conversation with journalist Ramin Setoodeh, who is releasing a new book covering Trump. “I know one thing. She voted for me, according to what she said.” Again, Rivers actually died in 2014.

Setoodeh claimed in an appearance on “Morning Joe” around the release of this book that Trump appeared to suffer from “severe memory issues,” saying he apparently didn’t recall prior interactions with the journalist that had taken place mere months prior: “Donald Trump had severe memory issues. As the journalist who spent the most time with him, I have to say — he couldn’t remember things. He couldn’t even remember me. We spent an hour together in 2021 in May, and then a few months later, I went back to Trump Tower to talk to him about his time in the White House.”

And that’s when Setoodeh says Trump indicated he didn’t remember that earlier discussion.

This kind of foundational aptitude for the job has become a central question in the current presidential race, spurred in part by the Trump corner’s targeting of incumbent President Joe Biden, who is expected to face Trump again in the election later this year. While Biden is advanced in age, he and Trump are only a few years apart. And Trump has faced even more of his own scrutiny, like what was spurred by the stream of reports from his recently concluded criminal trial that indicated he appeared to be sleeping in the courtroom. (Trump denied this, though the reports were incessant.)