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O’Brien asked Trump about the painting: “Was it an original?” Trump said it was. O’Brien disagreed, and Trump protested: Yes, it was an original.
“Donald, it’s not,” O’Brien said. “I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters on the Terrace and it’s hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago. That’s not an original.”
Trump apparently did not agree but O’Brien dropped the subject and continued the interview, thinking it would not be discussed again. However, boarding the jet again to return to New York City, O’Brien says Trump pointed to the painting again. As though the previous conversation had never happened, he reportedly said: “You know, that’s original Renoir.” O’Brien chose not to respond.
Years later, when Trump became President of the United States of America, O’Brien says he spotted it hanging in the background during one of his first interviews as president-elect.
O’Brien said that the story was emblematic of how Trump “believes his own lies in a way that lasts for decades.”
“Its foundation is that he’s the final arbiter of what is true and what isn’t,” he continued, “and it’s one of the reasons that he’s so dangerous.”
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