Frank Sinatra ‘loathed’ Trump, says singer’s daughter after president lauded star

Comment came in response to tweet by the singer’s former wife, Mia Farrow

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Monday 06 July 2020 07:40
Frank Sinatra performs 'Fly Me to the Moon' live in 1965

Frank Sinatra’s daughter says her father “loathed” Donald Trump after the president paid tribute to him in a speech and suggested his inclusion in a planned monument to American heroes.

Actress and activist Mia Farrow, who was once married to Sinatra, tweeted: “Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump.”

To which his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, responded: “He actually did loathe him.”

During his 3 July Mount Rushmore speech, the president announced plans for a National Garden of Heroes, saying that a new task force had 60 days to present plans and name a location for the project.

The “vast outdoor park” will feature statues of the founding fathers, civil rights campaigners, political figures and entertainers, many of whom were name-checked in the president’s remarks, including Sinatra.

A list was circulated with the executive order and included figures such as George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Ronald Reagan.

In 2017 Nancy Sinatra responded to reports that her father’s classic hit My Way could be played at Trump’s inauguration. She said on Twitter: “Just remember the first line of the song.”

The song opens with the lyric: “And now, the end is near”.

She later said that she was wishing Mr Trump the best, saying: “I don’t believe anyone tries to be a bad president.”

Paul Anka, who wrote the song My Way, was reported to have been asked to play at the ceremony, but backed out due to “scheduling issues”.

In 1990 Frank Sinatra reportedly told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” after he took issue with the singer’s financial demands, a 2017 book claimed.

Old Blue Eyes was due to perform at the opening of Mr Trump’s Atlantic City casino in 1990 when the magnate was said to have told him his costs were “a little rich”. On hearing the news, Sinatra gave his manager Elliot Weisman – in whose memoir the anecdote appears – two options, either to pass his message to Mr Trump or give him his number and he would do it himself.

Mr Weisman managed Sinatra from 1975 until the singer’s death in 1998.

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