President Donald Trump made the claim at a rally in Elvis Presley's hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi

By Emily Zauzmer
November 27, 2018 11:30 AM
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President Donald Trump may have missed his calling as an Elvis Presley impersonator.

At a rally in Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday, Trump, 72, claimed that when he was young, people used to tell him that he bore a resemblance to the late music icon.

“I shouldn’t say this. You’ll say I’m very conceited ’cause I’m not,” Trump told the crowd as he campaigned for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. “But other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up, they said I looked like Elvis. You see that? Can you believe it? I always considered that a great compliment.

“I am thrilled to be back in Tupelo,” Trump said. “I love Tupelo, home of thousands of hard-working American patriots and the proud birthplace of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis. Elvis! We love Elvis.

“We love Elvis, don’t we?” Trump added. “In fact, we just gave Elvis the Medal of Freedom award at the White House.”

President Trump Holds Rally For Mississippi GOP Senate Candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith In Tupelo
Donald Trump at a Mississippi rally
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On Nov. 16, Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Presley, who died of a heart attack in 1977, as well as the late Babe Ruth, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and others, The New York Times reported.

“At the end of a performance [by Presley], oftentimes the fans would go so wild — I was there once in Las Vegas at the Hilton,” Trump said at the ceremony, according to a White House transcript. “The fans were ripping the place apart, screaming. They were going crazy.”

“And they announced, ‘Elvis has left the house. Elvis….’ If they didn’t say that, I think I’d still be there,” Trump said. “Maybe I wouldn’t be here. But they had to do that. ‘Elvis has gone. Elvis has left.’ ”