President-elect Donald Trump has addressed the publication of a 35-page list of wild, unverified claims the same way many of us have: Really? The document, which most media organizations passed on for months, was dumped online by Buzzfeed yesterday.
(NOTE: Rare has not, and will not, report on those claims as news; they cannot be verified in any way and were originally compiled as opposition research. If substantiated, that may change.)
But in today’s press conference, his first since July of 2016, he listed another reason the most lurid sexual claims in the document could never be: He’s a germaphobe.
In today’s news conference, Trump said, “Does anybody really believe that story? I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way. Believe me.”
But that’s contrary to Trump’s remarks in the past. In fact, in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump stated, “I’m not a germaphobe.” He was asked whether his alleged germaphobia would impede him from “shaking hands and kissing babies” on the campaign trail.
“I go through and shake hands and do what I have to do, and people like me, and I like them. In Iowa, I must have shaken 2,000 hands,” said the president-elect.
More evidence in favor of the germaphobe claim: Trump is, somewhat famously, a fast-food fan, favoring McDonald’s in particular. Photos from the campaign trail showed Trump enjoying KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King.
Some might see that as the dirtiest food option of them all, but Trump prefers fast food because he claims it is the cleanest. He told CNN that fast food restaurants have a duty to be clean.
“One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald’s. One bad hamburger, and you take Wendy’s and all these other places, and they’re out of business […] I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe some place that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”