While O’Brien was researching his biography, TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, he joined Trump on his plane en route to L.A.. Hanging on the wall was a Renoir painting, Two Sisters on the Terrace. O’Brien asked Trump if it was a real Renoir painting, but he already knew the answer. Trump swore that it was.
“No, it’s not Donald. That’s not an original.”
O’Brien replied, calling him out. Trump swore it was. O’Brien explained that he was from Chicago and that the painting was hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Trump maintained that it was. O’Brien dropped it, moving on to his interview. But Trump was NOT over it. Later, while they were flying back to New York from Los Angeles, Trump pointed to the painting, as if he’d forgotten the preliminary conversation ever took place.
“You know, that’s an original Renoir.”
O’Brien didn’t engage.
The most damaging piece of O’Brien’s was the discovery that Trump wasn’t a multi-billionaire, but his alleged worth was approximately $150 to $250 million. Trump sued O’Brien. He lost.
In 2016, when Trump was elected, he sat down with 60 Minutes for the first interviews, which took place in Trump Tower and in the background hangs the fake Renoir. O’Brien told the Inside the Hive podcast this week,
“I’m sure he’s still telling people who come into the apartment. ‘It’s an original, it’s an original.’
He believes his own lies in a way that lasts for decades He’ll tell the same stories time and time again, regardless of whether or not facts are right in front of his face.”
He went on to say that’s what makes Trump so dangerous when it comes specifically to his war with the media and claims of “fake news.” O’Brien said,
“It’s foundation is that he’s the final arbiter of what is true and what isn’t, and it’s one of the reasons that he’s so dangerous.”
As a Twitter user pointed out, Melania Trump has another fake Renoir in her office, Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at La Loge. That painting is on display at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
‘He believes his own lies’: Trump has a fake Renoir painting he’s been claiming is real for decades https://t.co/ugwUrwghOI
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(T/Y Fenton; Photos, YouTube, Wikimedia Commons; via Raw Story)