- Trump claimed on Saturday that he’d won a “Man of the Year” award in Michigan years ago.
- He has repeated this claim over the years, despite lacking proof such an award has ever existed.
- Multiple news organizations have tried to verify the claim since he started saying it in 2016, though none have found it credible.
Trump repeated a claim at a Michigan campaign rally on Saturday that he’d won a “Man of the Year” award in the state years ago, though no such award has been found to exist.
“I was named a long time ago, I was named — did you know this? — a long time. I don’t know, your chamber of commerce, somebody, who the hell knows what it is? They named me the Man of the Year in Michigan,” Trump said during his remarks.
“And I got up and I said ‘they’re stealing your car business.’ And I was really rebuked. They said that wasn’t a very nice thing to say. But it’s the truth that I was right. That was a long time ago, Man of the Year in Michigan. We’ve been doing this stuff a long time actually.”
Detroit News, which keeps a list titled “Michiganians of the Year” confirmed Trump had never won its award.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce confirmed to Snopes it also does not award a “Man of the Year” title.
Former GOP Congressman Dave Trott said the claim could be traced to a 2013 event where Trump was gifted a framed version of the Gettysburg Address, but no “Man of the Year” award was presented there, either.