- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 28, 2011

Donald Trump has been saying things about himself and others lately that are untrue, suggesting that he has a tendency to make up his own reality as he goes along.

In an interview with CNN’s John King, Mr. Trump cited a CNN poll that he said showed him “statistically tied” with President Obama; that he has been a loyal Republican “for a long while”; and that the United States gets no oil from Libya, while China is Libya’s “biggest customer.”

Let’s take these one at a time.

CNN denies that it has ever conducted a head-to-head poll between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump, though other polls showed him trailing the president by double digits.

A more recent nationwide Gallup poll found that more than six in 10 registered voters - 64 percent - said they definitely would not vote for Mr. Trump in 2012. Forty-six percent said that about Mr. Obama. A mere 7 percent said they would definitely vote for the real estate magnate versus 31 percent who said that about Mr. Obama.

Mr. King challenged Mr. Trump’s statement, but Mr. Trump stuck to his claim that CNN said he was tied with Mr. Obama, saying, “Yes, you have. … I think you’re wrong.”

“We also rechecked with our polling department and our polling director specifically,” Mr. King said on CNN. “The Trump people never got back to us and this is why. We’re positive, positive, CNN never conducted such a poll.”

Mr. Trump’s claim to have been “a very strong Republican” for “a long while” is open to substantial doubt, too. In the last decade he was a registered Democrat between 2001 to 2008, according to ace Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler.

Moreover, he did not vote in primary contests for more than two decades, according to a search of his voting record by NY1, a New York news channel. In the 2008 presidential election, Mr. Trump said he supported Barack Obama, adding that he “has a chance to go down as the greatest president.”

What does that tell you about Mr. Trump’s political judgement?

Deeper doubts are raised about his claims of party loyalty when you look at the long list of liberal Democrats Mr. Trump has supported financially - from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who got a whopping $50,000 to bankroll his successful run for mayor of Chicago.

A majority of the candidates who benefited from Mr. Trump’s deep pockets - 54 percent of them - were Democrats, and far-left ones at that, including then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, Rep. Charles Rangel and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

And then there was Mr. Trump’s claim that China is Libya’s biggest oil customer and that the United States gets “no oil from Libya.”

In truth, Mr. Kessler found, the United States does get a small share of Libya’s oil - only 3 percent - but China is far from its “biggest customer.”

The Department of Energy says Libya’s customers are Italy, 28 percent; France, 15 percent; China, 11 percent; Germany and Spain, 10 percent each.

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