Trump tries to one-up wrestling champ with election win fantasy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump claimed falsely while honouring America’s greatest wrestling champion on Monday that he has his own perfect record to brag about – 2-0 in presidential elections.

The Republican inflated his presidential score sheet while presenting the nation’s highest civilian honour to Dan Gable, the most successful United States (US) wrestler in history.

Breaking from prepared remarks summarising Gable’s astonishing stats on the mat and as a coach, Trump congratulated himself with an invented unbeaten record of his own.

“He won 117 consecutive matches and lost only one,” Trump said of Gable, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Well, you know, in politics I won two. So I’m 2-0 and that’s pretty good too.”

The history books will show Trump won a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, before losing handily to Joe Biden in 2020.

Gable, 72, was a two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion, three-time All-American, and three-time Big Eight Champion. In the international arena, he won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics, among many other titles.