Donald Trump has claimed for decades that he owns an original Renoir painting, but that has been a lie, which isn’t surprising coming from Trump.
Journalist and biographer Timothy O’Brien was the who called out the president for lying about the painting.
O’Brien once took a trip with Trump on his private jet en route to Los Angeles while researching his biography, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.”
During the trip, O’Brien noticed the Renoir painting “Two Sisters on the Terrace” hanging on the wall. He then asked Trump if that was an original, although he already knew the answer.
Trump claimed it to be an original.
“No, it’s not Donald,” O’Brien replied, calling him out. Trump swore that it was. O’Brien explained that he was from Chicago and that the painting was hanging on the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago. “That’s not an original.”
The subject was dropped until O’Brien and Trump were riding back to New York.
Trump pointed to the painting and proudly said, “You know, that’s an original Renoir,” as if he’d forgotten the preliminary conversation ever took place.
“I’m sure he’s still telling people who come into the apartment, ‘It’s an original, it’s an original,’” O’Brien told the “Inside the Hive” podcast this week.
“He believes his own lies in a way that lasts for decades,” O’Brien explained. “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, his constant lies that he believes are true.
“its foundation is that he’s the final arbiter of what is true and what isn’t,” O’Brien said, “and it’s one of the reasons that he’s so dangerous.”
Below one can see the painting during an interview Trump had with 60 minutes.
One Twitter user also pointed out a fake Renoir painting in Melania Trump’s office.
— BonnieBlueGirl (@BonnieBlueGirl) October 14, 2017
Trump was also caught earlier this year with a fake TIME Magazine cover hanging on the wall of his hotel properties. The company later asked for the covers to be removed.