Donald Trump Said People Used to Say He Looked Like Elvis Presley
While campaigning for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Tupelo, Miss., last night, President Donald Trump drew a comparison to himself and that small town's most famous son. He claimed that, in his youth, people told him he looked like Elvis Presley.
"I shouldn't say this," he said. "You'll say I'm very conceited, 'cause I'm not. But other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis. Do you see that? Can you believe that? I always considered that a great compliment. We love Elvis."
Presley was born in a two-room shotgun shack built by his father Vernon in Tupelo. That house, where he spent the first few years of his life, is now a museum dedicated to his childhood, with the Assembly of God church where the family worshiped and yiung Elvis first learned gospel music, relocated to its grounds.
His family moved to Memphis in 1948 and he began his singing career seven years later.
Earlier this month, President Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to Presley. The White House's official statement said that Presley "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records. Elvis also served nearly two years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame."
At the ceremony, Trump recalled seeing Presley at the Hilton in Las Vegas in the '70s and described that, in order to get the fans to stop "ripping the place apart" and "screaming," it was announced that "Elvis has left the house."