The Real Trump
It's worth reading this full article on Tony Schwartz and his views on Donald Trump. Schwartz ghostwrote Trump's The Art of the Deal
. He spent many months eavesdropping on Trump’s life (with Trump's hearty endorsement), following him around on the job and listening in on his office phone calls. So, this is someone who really knows this man running for President of the United States. If you can't read the full article, here are some key ideas and excerpts.
Trump likes to portray himself as a self-made man with uncanny business intuition who always "wins". But Schwartz chronicles just how untrue this is, noting how much of Trump's wealth was, in fact, handed to him by his father, Fred Trump. He also outlines a number of the tremendous failures that Trump works so hard to hide. On Trumps Disconnect from the Truth"More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” Often, Schwartz said, the lies that Trump told him were about money—“how much he had paid for something, or what a building he owned was worth, or how much one of his casinos was earning when it was actually on its way to bankruptcy.”Schwartz says of Trump, “He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.” Since most people are “constrained by the truth,” Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.”
The evidence is very clear that Schwartz wrote The Art of the Deal
, but Trump is unabashed in lying, saying that he
was the one who wrote it (which is weird because lots of famous people have their books ghostwritten for them): “He didn’t write the book,” Trump told me. “I wrote the book. I wrote the book. It was my book. On His Lying About His PhilanthropyIn the past seven years, Trump has promised to give millions of dollars to charity, but reporters for the Washington Post found that they could document only ten thousand dollars in donations...As a PersonHe saw Trump as driven not by a pure love of dealmaking but by an insatiable hunger for “money, praise, and celebrity.” Often, after spending the day with Trump, and watching him pile one hugely expensive project atop the next, like a circus performer spinning plates, Schwartz would go home and tell his wife, “He’s a living black hole!”“He’d like people when they were helpful, and turn on them when they weren’t. It wasn’t personal. He’s a transactional man—it was all about what you could do for him.”If Trump is elected President, he warned, “the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.” #trump #ego