President Donald Trump presented the nation’s highest civilian honor to Dan Gable, a renowned wrestler and coach from Iowa who won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Gable was a champion wrestler at Iowa State University, compiling a 117-1 record and winning two NCAA titles.
At the maskless and crowded Oval Office ceremony on Monday, Trump jokingly challenged the Olympic gold medalist to a match, asking, “Think I could take you?”
“Now I’m larger than you a little bit. You think I could take you in wrestling? Would I have a big advantage?” Trump asked.
“You’d have no chance,” the 72-year-old responded.
The president went on to praise Gable’s record at Iowa State before falsely claiming he won two elections.
“Well in politics, I won two. So I’m 2-0 and that’s pretty good, too. We’ll see how that turns out,” Trump said.
The president has yet to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, who has secured 306 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 232.
Near the end of the ceremony, Trump abruptly left the room leaving the confused Gable alone in the room, awkwardly shrugging as he stood in front of reporters.
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“He’s gone,” Gable told reporters as he continued to shrug.