In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this month, the US President said that he would have "run in there" to save school kids, even if he was unarmed.
Such grand claims are easily disputed – and, true to form, people were unconvinced of the boast Trump made to the gathering of governors at the White House on Monday. Many pointed in particular to reports that Trump had repeatedly draft-dodged.
But there is further, perhaps more shocking past behaviour from Trump that suggests he would not have actually run towards a shooting, but away from it.
Both during Trump's campaign and while in power, the now-notorious and remarkably unguarded nature of his interviews with Howard Stern have come back to bite him.
These damning excerpts include Trump bragging that he has 'felt up' his wife Melania in public and had sex with "some of the greats in history", as well as approving the radio host's request to call his daughter Ivanka a "piece of a**".
Another revelation was that when Trump, a self-described germaphobe, saw an 80-year-old man fall from the stage at a Mar-a-Lago ball, he looked away in disgust at all the blood.
This story that does not tally with his assertion that he would run head-first into a school shooting.
In the interview, Trump told Stern:
I was at Mar-a-Lago and we had this incredible ball, the Red Cross Ball, in Palm Beach, Florida.
And we had the Marines. And the Marines were there, and it was terrible because all these rich people, they’re there to support the Marines, but they’re really there to get their picture in the Palm Beach Post…
So you have all these really rich people, and a man, about 80 years old — very wealthy man, a lot of people didn’t like him — he fell off the stage.
He continued to describe the large amounts of blood spilling over his ballroom's marble floor.
So what happens is, this guy falls off right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. And you know what I did? I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away.
I couldn’t, you know, he was right in front of me and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him… he’s bleeding all over the place, I felt terrible.
You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed colour. Became very red.
And you have this poor guy, 80 years old, laying on the floor unconscious, and all the rich people are turning away. ‘Oh my God! This is terrible! This is disgusting!’ and you know, they’re turning away. Nobody wants to help the guy.
His wife is screaming — she’s sitting right next to him, and she’s screaming.
The Marines saved the situation, while Trump ensured his floor was clean.
What happens is, these ten Marines from the back of the room… they come running forward, they grab him, they put the blood all over the place — it’s all over their uniforms — they’re taking it, they’re swiping , they ran him out, they created a stretcher.
They call it a human stretcher, where they put their arms out with, like, five guys on each side.
I was saying, ‘Get that blood cleaned up! It’s disgusting!’ The next day, I forgot to call [the man] to say he’s OK.