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For Trump, the 1980s still hold relevance

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/2/2017 By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press
FILE - In this December 1987 file photo, Donald Trump, right, pictured with his father, Fred Trump, left, and boxing promoter Don King participate in news conference in Atlantic City, N.J. Many of President-elect Donald Trump’s cultural touchstones, which he’d frequently namedrop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, including Don King, were at their peak in the 1980s, the decade that Trump’s celebrity in New York rose, Trump Tower was built, “The Art of the Deal” was published and he first flirted with running for public office. (AP Photo/File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this December 1987 file photo, Donald Trump, right, pictured with his father, Fred Trump, left, and boxing promoter Don King participate in news conference in Atlantic City, N.J. Many of President-elect Donald Trump’s cultural touchstones, which he’d frequently namedrop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, including Don King, were at their peak in the 1980s, the decade that Trump’s celebrity in New York rose, Trump Tower was built, “The Art of the Deal” was published and he first flirted with running for public office. (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of President-elect Donald Trump's cultural touchstones, which he'd frequently name-drop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, were at their peak in the 1980s.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, stands with boxing promoter Don King as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Many of Trump’s cultural touchstones, which he’d frequently namedrop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, including Don King, were at their peak in the 1980s, the decade that Trump’s celebrity in New York rose, Trump Tower was built, “The Art of the Deal” was published and he first flirted with running for public office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, stands with boxing promoter Don King as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Many of Trump’s cultural touchstones, which he’d frequently namedrop at campaign rallies and on Twitter, including Don King, were at their peak in the 1980s, the decade that Trump’s celebrity in New York rose, Trump Tower was built, “The Art of the Deal” was published and he first flirted with running for public office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

That was the decade Trump's celebrity in New York rose, Trump Tower was built, "The Art of the Deal" was published and he first flirted with running for public office.

The "Go Go 1980s" of New York were fueled by Wall Street's rise, a brash decade in which excess was the norm.

Much of what defined the 1980s has since gone out of style.

But Trump, who became a public figure in that decade, has seemingly internalized its ethos, which is reflected in the decor of Trump Tower's lobby to the celebrities he appeared with during the campaign.

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