Frank Sinatra’s eldest daughter has claimed the late singer ‘loathed’ Donald Trump after the president declared he wanted to honor Ol’ Blue Eyes with a monument alongside other American icons.
Nancy Sinatra made the claim on Friday in response to a tweet from her former stepmother, actress Mia Farrow.
Farrow, who was briefly married to the Hoboken-born crooner in the mid-1960s, reacted to Trump’s speech near Mount Rushmore on Friday in which he said he would include Sinatra in a ‘National Garden of Heroes.’
‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump,’ Farrow tweeted on Friday.
Frank Sinatra ‘loathed’ Donald Trump, according to the late singer’s elder daughter, Nancy Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is seen right alongside Trump (far left) and his then-wife, Ivana Trump (center) at an event in New York City in May 1988
The president on Friday said in a speech near Mount Rushmore that he wanted to honor Frank Sinatra with a monument in a planned ‘National Garden of Heroes’
Sinatra’s ex-wife, Mia Farrow, tweeted in response: ‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump’
Nancy Sinatra replied to her former stepmother: ‘He actually did loathe him.’
To which Nancy Sinatra replied: ‘He actually did loathe him.’
In the fall of 2017, Frank Sinatra’s former manager, Elie Weisman, wrote a book claiming that the singer told Trump to ‘go f*** himself’ after the then-business mogul complained that he was paying too much to feature the singer at the opening of his Atlantic City casino.
Weisman recounted the alleged 1990 incident in the book titled The Way it Was.
Sinatra had planned to perform at the opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, along with fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr and vocal duet Steve and Eydie.
According to Weisman, a deal had been in place with casino operator Mark Grossinger Etess, who died in a helicopter crash before it could be finalized. That’s when The Donald took over.
Paul Anka, the famous singer-songwriter, is said to have warned Weisman at Etess’s funeral that the manager was about to learn the meaning of The Art of the Deal, Trump’s business deal-making book.
In the new negotiations, Trump said that the cost of the 12 dates Sinatra was scheduled to perform on was ‘a little rich’, according to Weisman.
Trump also decided that he didn’t want the additional acts that were part of the original deal – including Davis, who had just been diagnosed with cancer, and Steve and Eydie.
‘Who’s Steve and Eydie?’ Weisman recalls Trump asking.
The manager said he tried to choke the business mogul by the tie but Weisman’s son restrained him.
Nancy Sinatra, 80, is one of three children to Frank Sinatra and New Jersey childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato
Frank Sinatra is seen right with Nancy Sinatra in this photo taken in 1967
Later, when Weisman called Sinatra to tell him what had happened, Ol’ Blue Eyes said he could take one of two choices: Tell Trump to ‘go f*** himself’ or give Trump’s phone number to Sinatra so that he could do it himself.
Weisman said he returned to Trump’s office and told him: ‘Sinatra says “go f*** yourself”.’
Sinatra ended up performing at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas instead.
Nancy Sinatra, 80, is one of three children to Frank Sinatra and New Jersey childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato, who raised the kids virtually solo until the singer left her for the movie star Ava Gardner in 1951.
Nancy Sinatra, who would later forge her own successful singing career in the 1960s with hits like These Boots Are Made For Walking, has publicly criticized Trump in the past.
Weeks after Trump was elected president in November 2016, it was announced that he and his wife, Melania Trump, would dance to Frank Sinatra’s hit tune ‘My Way’ at an inauguration ball in Washington, DC.
Mia Farrow, the actress and activist, was married to Frank Sinatra in 1966. They divorced two years later. The image on the right shows the couple at their wedding
Farrow’s ex-boyfriend, Woody Allen, acknowledged earlier this year in a memoir that Frank Sinatra could be the biological father of his son, Ronan Farrow (seen left with his mother in New York City in April 2019)
When told of Trump’s plan, Nancy Sinatra tweeted: ‘Just remember the first line of the song.’
The first line of ‘My Way’ is: ‘And now, the end is near.’
In the fall of 2017, Frank Sinatra’s former manager claimed in a book that the singer told Trump to ‘go f*** himself’
Nancy Sinatra deleted her tweet and hit out at CNN after the network reported her comment.
‘That’s not true. I never said that. Why do you lie, CNN?’
Nancy Sinatra has criticized Trump in the past for his remarks about climate change and other issues.
She has also praised former President Barack Obama for passing the Affordable Care Act and has expressed her backing for Planned Parenthood.
Her former stepmother, Farrow, is a well-known activist on behalf of liberal causes who has repeatedly slammed Trump.
Years after her split from Frank Sinatra, Farrow dated director Woody Allen for 12 years.
Farrow and the Annie Hall filmmaker split in 1992 amid revelations that Allen had an affair with Mia Farrow’s then 22-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.
At the time of their break up, Farrow accused Allen of abusing their daughter, Dylan, who had been adopted by Allen. Allen has denied the allegations.
Dylan’s brother, award-winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, is Allen’s son.
In a new memoir released earlier this year, Allen conceded that Ronan Farrow could be Frank Sinatra’s biological son.
Allen writes that it is possible Ronan was conceived while he and Farrow were separated.
According to Frank Sinatra’s former manager, the singer was irate with Trump after the then-business mogul complained that he was paying too much to feature him at the opening of his Atlantic City casino in 1990. Trump is seen above in front of the Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in 1990
Trump announced on Friday that the new landmark will include statues of the ‘giants of out past’ and the ‘greatest Americans who ever lived’.
Trump described the new monument as ‘a vast outdoor park’ that will include statues of the likes of former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Ronald Reagan and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.
The reveal came as protesters around the United States are calling for statues of certain historical American figures to be toppled in light of the recent demonstrations over racial injustice.
The Executive Order marking the new garden took a direct hit at these statue removals claiming that protesters wish to ‘desecrate our common inheritance’ and vowing to ‘stand strong against this violence’.
Trump announced the new landmark as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a fiery speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore, pictured above
Former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (pictured right) and President Ronald Reagan (pictured left) are among the names included in the initial lists
A statue of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. will be included if the memorial is built
Trump made the announcement as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a fiery speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore.
The famed landmark itself has come under fire, especially from Native Americans who say it was built on stolen land.
Around 100 protesters gathered on the road into Keystone ahead of the president’s speech.
WHO WILL BE INCLUDED IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ‘NATIONAL GARDEN OF AMERICAN HEROES?’
President Trump’s new executive order calls for the park to include statues of the following Americans:
- John Adams, second US president
- Susan B. Anthony, leader of the women’s suffrage movement
- Clara Barton, nurse and founder of the American Red Cross
- Daniel Boone, American pioneer
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Civil War Union colonel
- Henry Clay, US Secretary of State under John Adams
- Davy Crockett, US frontiersman
- Frederick Douglass, abolitionist leader during Civil War
- Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
- Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and inventor
- Billy Graham, evangelist
- Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father
- Thomas Jefferson, US Founding Father and third president
- Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and minister
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th US president
- Douglas MacArthur, WWII Army general
- Dolley Madison, US first lady and wife of James Madison
- James Madison, fourth US president and Founding Father
- Christa McAuliffe, astronaut
- Audie Murphy, WWII hero
- George S. Patton, Jr., WWI Army general
- Ronald Reagan, 40th US president
- Jackie Robinson, first African American MLB player
- Betsy Ross, designer of first American flag
- Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
- Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and leader of Underground Railroad
- Booker T. Washington, prominent African American educator and leader during Jim Crow era
- George Washington, first US president
- Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of world’s first motor-powered airplane
Trump led into the garden announcement by paying tribute to a litany of American icons, from political figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass to entertainers like Elvis Presley and Sinatra.
‘We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra, the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150, and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers,’ Trump said..
‘We will raise the next generation of American patriots.
‘We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down.’
According to an Executive Order issued by the White House Friday, the garden should be completed and open for public access before the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.
The site it will be built on has yet to be revealed but will be ‘a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history’.
It will feature statues of several presidents as well as other historic notables, including Davy Crockett, Amelia Earhart, Billy Graham and Orville and Wilbur Wright.
The wording of the Executive Order took a direct hit at the removal of Confederate statues in recent weeks following protests sparked by the death on May 25 of black man George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
It praised the importance of keeping the country’s monuments and lashed out at those ‘inflamed by fashionable political passions’ who wish to take them down.
‘America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices,’ the order reads.
‘Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens.
‘These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten.
‘To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed,’ it added.
‘These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.’
In the order, Trump vowed that ‘my Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory’.
‘In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.’
American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman was also named in the list of heroes
The order states that those chosen ‘contributed positively to America throughout our history’ such as baseball player Jackie Robinson (left) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (right)
Frontiersman Davy Crockett was named in Trump’s initial list of American heroes
The order states that those chosen ‘contributed positively to America throughout our history’ and included everyone from the Founding Fathers to those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad.
Those included, and not included, may cause controversy, however.
Elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it is appropriate to continue to honor people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them.
Names that may court controversy include Scalia, who died in 2016, a conservative Supreme Court judge. There is no liberal counterpart named on the list.
Republican president Ronald Reagan is also the only modern-day president on the list, excluding Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The inclusion of Founding Fathers such as George Washington may be controversial
There have already been calls to remove the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in D.C.
The inclusion of The Founding Fathers, in particular, will be unwelcome to some as calls are already mounting to have their likeness taken down in monuments across the country.
Protesters in Washington, DC, have already targeted the Emancipation Memorial which features Lincoln standing with a former enslaved person kneeling at his feet. The statue was funded by former slave but they had no say in its controversial design.
Absent from Trump’s initial list are any Native American or Hispanic individuals.
The order includes language to make clear that non-US citizens who played significant roles in American history also could be honored in the garden.
As examples of individuals who made substantive contributions to America´s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history, it cites: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus; Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest who established Spanish missions in California; and the Marquis de La Fayette, a French officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War.
A statue of Columbus, who has been criticized for brutal treatment of Native Americans, was removed this past week from outside the city hall in Columbus, Ohio.
Trump announced the garden during a speech followed by fireworks at Mount Rushmore
It comes as elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it is appropriate to continue to honor people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them. Pictured is a toppled George Washington statue in Oregon torn town by protesters on June 19
Last month, protesters also toppled a statue of Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Some historians say that Serra, who was canonized by the Catholic Church, had a mixed history that included him acting as an agent of the Spanish Empire´s colonization efforts in the 18th Century.
The monument is far from a done deal and Trump’s plan could be dashed if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden denies him a second term in November.
The full list of those whose statues will be included are John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.