Famed pianist Liberace, who died in 1987 of pneumonia brought on by AIDS, was well-known for his flashy extravagance and luxurious lifestyle, a trait he shared with his then-friend and current U.S. president, Donald Trump.
In fact, in an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s program just six weeks prior to his death, Liberace shared an amusing anecdote with the host about a recent shopping trip he’d gone on with Trump.
Shopping with The Donald
The segment began with Oprah wearing one of Liberace’s beautiful fur coats — with his bedazzled name on the inside — and asking him how he came to be in possession of such a wonderful fur coat.
“Donald Trump,” replied Liberace, as he sat at a piano on stage. “Yeah, I went shopping with Donald Trump, in the Trump Tower.”
He recalled: “I had a nice fur coat on, and we went up to this furrier and Donald saw this coat and said, ‘Why don’t you try that on, it kind of looks like you,’ and so I tried it on.”
He continued, “I said, ‘Do you really think it looks like me,’ and he said, ‘I like it better than the one you’re wearing,’ so I said ‘Well maybe I should get it then’ and he said, ‘No, wait, wait.’
“So we left and I said ‘Why wouldn’t you let me buy that coat,’ ‘Because,’ he said, ‘I can get a better price for it,'” Liberace concluded, to roars of laughter from the audience.
Watch the full interview:
Trump: A deal-maker
More than 30 years ago, then-businessman Donald Trump was the consummate deal-maker, always negotiating a better price for everything, whether it be the location or materials for a new building or a new fur coat for a good friend.
The same holds true to this day, as now-President Trump continues to display his perfection of the Art of the Deal in all that he does, negotiating better prices on the things the nation needs while working to forge better trade deals with our allies and even rivals.
It is unfortunate that Liberace died shortly after that appearance and amazing piano performance on Oprah, as it would have been interesting to hear from the pianist himself what he thought about his businessman friend going on to become the president of the United States.
Though of course we can’t know for sure, it is not too wild of an assumption to suppose that Liberace would have been supportive of Trump’s presidency, given their friendship and his personal knowledge of Trump’s incredible deal-making skills that are now being put to use on behalf of the nation.