Those two aspects of his personality intersected in a 1987 CNN interview when host Pat Buchanan asked Trump about his favorite authors and their works.
"Well I have a number of favorite authors," Trump replied. "Tom Wolfe is excellent."
"Did you read Vanity of the Bonfires?" Buchanan asks before correcting himself (the title is Bonfire of the Vanities).
Trump responds that he has not, then boasts that he's reading Art of the Deal "because [he] thinks it's fantastic."
Buchanan then asks Trump what his favorite book is besides his own, so Trump mentions how much he liked Tom Wolfe's last book, which was (wait for it) Bonfire of the Vanities.
Here’s what happened when Trump was asked about his ‘favorite’ author https://t.co/JtzNz9VfoR— NowThis (@NowThis) 1560827280.0
A surprised Buchanan asks Trump if he is, in fact, discussing Bonfire of the Vanities. "Yes," Trump replies.
Possibly realizing his mistake, Trump complains about not being able to hear the earpiece.
But people weren't buying it, with many pointing out how little has changed.
@nowthisnews If you don’t read much, just say so. He hasn’t altered much, has he? Even his limited language skills are similar.— Peter48 (@Peter48) 1560876033.0
@nowthisnews @russellgcm Of course, he cannot hear well 😅— Veronica Fierro (@Veronica Fierro) 1560867105.0
@nowthisnews Trump is consistent - still the same grifter swagger— Simplyput (@Simplyput) 1560880167.0
@nowthisnews Behold the US president Donald J Trump— Bg.valk🌟🌈 (@Bg.valk🌟🌈) 1560861781.0
@nowthisnews Some things never change. Heh... Nice President. 👀🇨🇦 https://t.co/CDswXqNuqO— Kyle Ruggles 🇨🇦 (@Kyle Ruggles 🇨🇦) 1560827863.0
@nowthisnews No, it really isn’t a struggle for him to lie. Well no I haven’t read it but yes it’s very good. 🙄— KanCan (@KanCan) 1560828449.0
Can you hear us now, Donald?
In the 1980s, Donald Trump was facing ruin. For a glimpse at that part of his life, as well as some other prominent New York figures, the book Greed and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Doc Gooden, Lawrence Taylor, Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, and the Mafia in 1980s New York is available here.