Spending time on a golf course can lead to a lot of hyperbole ("it was this close to going in") and it appears Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is no exception to that rule. While speaking at a rally in Ambridge, Penn., Trump told a story about Big Ben that sounds superhumanly impossible.
Trump then went on to discuss a round he once played with Ben, in which Roethlisberger shanked a ball into a tree and eventually killed the tree.
"We played golf together. He once hit a shot that went dead right into a tree. It was massive tree like this," Trump said, apparently gesturing. "The ball hit the tree so hard I swear I said, 'Ben, within two years, that tree is gonna be dead.' And you know what? Two years later, I should say this because we have -- have a lot of tree lovers here. But two years later, that tree was dead. He is a strong guy and a good guy too. Big Ben."
Yes, Trump is saying Roethlisbeger killed a tree with his driver. It's incredible.
Trump led off his speech in Ambridge, PA shouting out Ben Roethlisberger: "He is a strong guy and he's a good guy too. Big Ben." pic.twitter.com/QdqtXADURE— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 10, 2016
Trump wasn't just using tall tales of noted strong and good guy Big Ben to prop up his Steelers support on the trail. He also showed up at the rally waving a Terrible Towel.
Trump takes the stage in Ambridge, Pennsylvania this afternoon pic.twitter.com/c4Mn4TX2Hw— Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) October 10, 2016
It's pandering at its finest, and absolutely something that every candidate should do on the campaign trail. Kiss babies, wave towels and tell stories about the state's favorite quarterback.
You could fashion a pretty incredible -- nay, tremendous -- foursome by kicking things off with Trump and Ben, by the way. Tall tales abound.