Did Donald Trump brag on social media about boxing sessions with Muhammad Ali, the now-deceased legendary athlete known as Cassius Clay in the early days of his career? No, that's not true: The former president's social media accounts didn't say anything about it. The account that initially shared an image of the supposed Trump post publicly stated that the story was made up.
Wtf?🤬 This orange walking puke has gone too far. Mohammed Ali would have never spoken those words even before changing religions. An even greater insult is calling him Cassius Clay when he is not wt us any longer to defend his beliefs. Ali deserves respect! This boils my blood!
The post included what appeared to be a screenshot of another entry on social media saying:
The great Cassius Clay used tospar with me. Not many peopleknow that because I don't like toboast. He could never hit me,though - have you ever seenbruises on my face? No bruises.He used to say: 'Sir, you are agreat dancer, probably the bestthere has ever been. Also, thankyou, sir, for sparring with a blackman.' He had tears in his eyesthat day.
This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:
A reverse image search shows that the "screenshot" started to circulate online on January 17, 2024, and the earliest post (archived here) published on that day came from an account on X (archived here) that described itself as containing "traces of satire, parody and nuts."
On the next day, the account wrote in the comment section that the "screenshot" was not real:
(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Jan 24 17:04:42 2024 UTC)
As of this writing, Trump's social media accounts on Truth Social (archived here) and on X (archived here) did not contain the post in question. Lead Stories checked saved versions of them archived on January 17, 2024, and January 18, 2024, but found no indication that the former president wrote what social media claimed he did.
As The New York Times (archived here) previously reported, Trump and Ali had known each other for decades and frequently attended each other's public events before Trump entered politics. Had the claim been true, it would have been covered by the media at some point, given that both Trump and Ali were well-known figures at the time. However, a Google search (archived here) doesn't produce relevant results confirming that. Had Trump posted what social media attributed to him during his third presidential campaign, news coverage would have mentioned the purported statement. But there were no such reports (archived here).
Other Lead Stories fact checks about Donald Trump can be found here.