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#164

More on her book

Mary Trump’s Book Accuses the President of Embracing ‘Cheating as a Way of Life’

Here are some of the highlights from her manuscript:

Cheating on a College Entrance Test

As a high school student in Queens, Ms. Trump writes, Donald Trump paid someone to take a precollegiate test, the SAT, on his behalf. The high score the proxy earned for him, Ms. Trump adds, helped the young Mr. Trump to later gain admittance as an undergraduate to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school.

Mr. Trump has often boasted about attending Wharton, which he has referred to as “the best school in the world” and “super genius stuff.”

Sending a Brother to the Hospital Alone

It has long been part of the Trump family’s lore that the eldest child of Fred Trump Sr., Fred Trump Jr., who was better known as Freddy, was the black sheep of the dynasty. Freddy Trump was a handsome, garrulous man and a heavy drinker who, after a miserable experience working for his father, left his job in real estate to pursue a passion for flying, becoming a pilot for Trans World Airlines.

Donald Trump has often remarked that his brother’s departure from the family business opened space for him to move into and succeed. “For me, it worked very well,” Mr. Trump told The New York Times during his presidential campaign about serving under his father. “For Fred, it wasn’t something that was going to work.”

Fred Trump Sr. could be brutal to his namesake, shouting at him once as a group of employees looked on, “Donald is worth ten of you,” Ms. Trump writes.

Freddy Trump died in 1981 from an alcohol-induced heart attack when he was 42, and Ms. Trump tells the story in her book about how his family sent him to the hospital alone on the night of his death. No one went with him, Ms. Trump writes.

Donald Trump, she added, went to see a movie.

“No Principles,” a Sister Says

Even at the start of Mr. Trump’s campaign, his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal appeals court judge, had deep reservations about his fitness for office, Ms. Trump writes.

“He’s a clown — this will never happen,” she quotes her aunt as saying during one of their regular lunches in 2015, just after Mr. Trump announced that he was running for president.

Maryanne Trump was particularly baffled by support for her brother among evangelical Christians, according to the book.

“The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there,” Ms. Trump quotes her aunt as saying. “It’s mind boggling. But that’s all about his base. He has no principles. None!”

Donald Trump, Narcissist

Ms. Trump, a clinical psychologist, asserts that her uncle has all nine clinical criteria for being a narcissist. And yet, she notes, even that label does not capture the full array of the president’s psychological troubles.

“The fact is,” she writes, “Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurophysical tests that he’ll never sit for.”

At another point she says: “Donald has been institutionalized for most of his adult life, so there is no way to know how he would thrive, or even survive, on his own in the real world.”

Like other critics of the president, Ms. Trump takes issue in the book with the notion that Mr. Trump is a strategic thinker who operates according to specific agendas or organizing principles.

“He doesn’t,” she writes. “Donald’s ego has been and is a fragile and inadequate barrier between him and the real world, which, thanks to his father’s money and power, he never had to negotiate by himself.”


#165

Oh boy, the press is not getting copies of Mary Trump’s book and various reviews are coming out and ALL are very damning. This is going to rattle T a LOT…and KellyAnne is trying to give cover for him…and projecting about her own daughter’s revealing of what is going on in their family.

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/1280558530194485249?s=20

The Daily Beast links to Wapo and NYT - gives a lot of excerpts.

“If he is afforded a second term, it would be the end of American democracy,” Mary bluntly declares in the book. “Donald, following the lead of my grandfather and with complicity, silence, and inaction from his siblings, destroyed my father. I can’t let him destroy my country.

He’s a clown,” Maryanne allegedly confided in her niece. “This will never happen again.

https://twitter.com/ChrisMegerian/status/1280526418418577408?s=20

Mary Trump paints a disturbing portrait of her uncle, saying he paid a friend to take his SATs so he could get into college and grew up bending the truth to promote himself. The future president’s father was a “high-functioning sociopath” and his mother “emotionally and physically absent.”

Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable. He continues to be protected from his own disasters in the White House,” writes Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s eldest brother, Fred.

But now the stakes are far higher than they’ve ever been before; they are literally life and death. Unlike any previous time in his life, Donald’s failings cannot be hidden or ignored because they threaten us all,” she adds.

Fred Jr., often called Freddy, had been expected to take over the family real estate business, but he was uninterested and Fred Sr. ended up favoring Donald instead.

“Donald, following the lead of my grandfather and with the complicity, silence, and inaction of his siblings, destroyed my father,” Mary writes. “I can’t let him destroy my country.

She writes that no family members went with Freddy when he was taken to the hospital at the end of his life. On the night he died, Donald went to the movies, she writes.

Donald is the fourth of five siblings, and their parents were “problematic,” Mary writes.

Their mother, also named Mary, was “emotionally and physically absent,” and Fred was worse, she argues.

“Fred seemed to have no emotional needs at all,” the book says. “In fact, he was a high-functioning sociopath.”

Because of this, “Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life,” the book says, and he developed personality traits that included “displays of narcissism, bullying, grandiosity.”

He also became practiced at bending the truth, a precursor to a president who has uttered falsehoods and mistruths thousands of times since taking office.

“For Donald, lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was,” Mary writes.

Trump got his older sister, Maryanne, to complete his school homework, and he paid a friend to take the standardized College Board admission tests known as SATs for him, according to the book.

“That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records,” Mary writes. “Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well.”

When Fred Jr. failed to meet his father’s expectations, Fred Sr. treated him harshly, an experience that Donald internalized.

“He had plenty of time to learn from watching Fred humiliate his older brother and Freddy’s resulting shame,” Mary writes. “The lesson he learned, at its simplest, was that it was wrong to be like Freddy: Fred didn’t respect his oldest son, so neither would Donald. Fred thought Freddy was weak, and therefore so did Donald.”

The book is the first from a member of Trump’s family, but several former senior members of Trump’s inner circle have shared withering criticism of the president as he seeks reelection.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trumps-worldview-forged-by-neglect-and-trauma-at-home-niece-mary-trump-says-in-new-book/

What Mary Trump leaked to the NYT - the family taxes


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#166

Ooo thanks, haven’t read this one yet!


#167

One more book - this one is from the inaugural party manager - Stephanie Winston Wolkoff where she was paid an astronomical $26 million dollars, or they said she was in an attempt to inventory/account where all the inaugural funds went.

’Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady’ will be released on September 1 and detail ‘chaotic’ White House


#168

Press Spokesperson MnEnany
“I have yet to see the book, but it is a book of falsehoods”

https://twitter.com/jonkarl/status/1280570369557004288?s=20


(David Bythewood) #169

Mary Trump’s scathing book claims Trump paid someone to take his SATs

A bizarre White House dinner with Donald Trump and more cringeworthy moments from Mary Trump’s book

Trump’s Brother Makes Last-Ditch Plea to Halt Niece’s Book

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-08/trump-s-brother-makes-last-ditch-plea-for-halt-to-niece-s-book

Mary Trump’s book: eight of its most shocking claims about the president


#170

Here comes another book on Sept 29th from lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann in the Mueller investigation which will explain and describe in ‘meticulous’ detail how the investigation went and admissions where it went wrong.

NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump.

Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann’s “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation” will be published Sept. 29. Weissmann, often the target of criticism from Trump supporters, is calling the book a meticulous account of the Mueller team’s probe and its ongoing battles with the Trump administration.

“I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” he said in a statement. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to follow the facts where they led, using all available tools and undeterred by the onslaught of the president’s unique powers to undermine our work.

I am deeply proud of the work we did and of the unprecedented number of people we indicted and convicted — and in record speed. But the hard truth is that we made mistakes. We could have done more. ‘Where Law Ends’ documents the choices we made, good and bad, for all to see and judge and learn from.”

Weissmann, who worked as an FBI general counsel under Mueller, gained prominence as a prosecutor investigating organized crime in New York City and for his leadership of a task force looking into the Enron scandal. He has a reputation for being aggressive and experienced, and skilled in developing cooperating witnesses. Under Mueller, Weissmann led the case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in 2018.

The Mueller Report, released in April 2019, found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. But it also did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice. The investigation did lead to more than 30 indictments, including Manafort, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone, whose sentence for seven felony crimes was commuted last week by the president.


#171

Get ready to see Mary Trump on television. On Monday, a New York court lifted the temporary restraining order on the President’s niece, clearing the way for her to promote her tell-all book in the media. “The court got it right in rejecting the Trump family’s effort to squelch Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern,” said Ted Boutrous , the renowned attorney who represented her. Charles Harder , Robert Trump’s attorney, didn’t respond to my request for comment.

So where will Mary Trump’s first interview be? A spokesperson for Mary Trump told me that her first stop will be on “GMA” Wednesday

https://view.newsletters.cnn.com/messages/1594695897948b1e09a281c9d/raw?utm_term=1594695897948b1e09a281c9d&utm_source=Reliable+Sources+-+July+13%2C+2020&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=225280_1594695897949&bt_ee=JAsRFetj8h0mGhhCQVKNoJdyz%2FBDx1zPFdsZqmxLZXQBPj82sFwM9nAReX2h5F51&bt_ts=1594695897949


#172

When Mary Trump goes on TV, easy bet that the President will be watching and will probably go ape-shit on Twitter. It’s like his whole MO. It seems like he lives for this media attention, attack and slander. Even his own family.


#173

Yes…we will need to buckle up. Super erratic behavior ahead.

Humiliation and non-adoration are gonna be a beastly mix for him.:clown_face:

Standing by…for his belly flop into the outer reaches. :boom:


#174

ADDING this video 7.16.20

Full 1 hour video with Mary Trump and George Stephanopoulos (click on ABC look for Mary Trump Exclusive interview)

https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1283161725320286211?s=19


#175

:eyes:

Mary’s first cable-news appearance is scheduled for Thursday night, where she will be interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow likely for the program’s full hour.

In an extended conversation with NPR on Wednesday, Mary Trump said her grandfather and family patriarch Fred Trump rewarded ruthlessness and dismissed any interests outside of the family real estate business, contributing to what she now views as an unfitness on President Trump’s part to hold the office of the White House.

“It’s kind of ironic in the sense that the traits my grandfather came to value in Donald were the traits that were a result of my grandfather’s maltreatment of Donald,” she said. “The bullying, the tendency not to care about other people’s feelings, the willingness to cheat, lie to get what he wanted. And eventually … my grandfather started to see a kindred spirit. Somebody who could advance his agenda.”

Mary Trump, the president’s only niece, describes an abusive and neglectful upbringing suffered by her father and uncles at the hand of Fred Trump, and said she will be supporting her uncle’s rival, Joe Biden, in the 2020 election.

A trained psychologist living in New York, she was promoting her highly anticipated new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man .

In the book, Mary Trump describes how her grandfather’s relentless business ambition was passed down to Donald Trump.

“Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable. He continues to be protected from his own disasters in the White House,” she writes in the tell-all.

“But now the stakes are far higher than they’ve ever been before; they are literally life and death. Unlike any previous time in his life, Donald’s failings cannot be hidden or ignored because they threaten us all.”

The White House has repeatedly dismissed the book as a money grab by the president’s niece.

“The president describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews said earlier this month.

“He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child. Also, the absurd SAT allegation is completely false,” Matthews said, referring to a claim in the book that the president cheated on the SAT by paying someone else to take the exam on his behalf.


#176

The book is selling faster than any of these tell - alls.
Now in its 14th printing…and on it’s way to breaking more records.

It is powerful…and she skewers Donald.

Mary Trump’s book sells 950,000 on first day, sets publisher’s record"

https://twitter.com/i/events/1283807624664952833

Mary Trump’s book sets first-day sales record for publisher - Los Angeles Times

Can we move to books please?? @MissJava @Pet_Proletariat

Thx!


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#178

The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil 4.8 out of 5 stars ISBN: 978-1-60358-877-5

Chelsea Green, April 2, 2020 $21.00


#179

Due on Sept 8th…from Peter Strzok, the FBI lawyer who has been targeted and ridiculed by T 'n Co…
Strzok has an impressive background in counter intelligence.

https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1288097599183106051?s=19

Ex-FBI agent Strzok due out with book about Trump, Russia

Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns the president could be compromised.

“Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump” is due out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The book will offer an insider’s view on some of the most sensational and politically freighted investigations in modern American history, including into whether the 2016 Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the presidential election. Due out two months before the November election, the book adds to the list of first-person accounts from other senior FBI and Justice Department officials during the Trump era.

“Russia has long regarded the United States as its ‘Main Enemy,’ and I spent decades trying to protect our country from their efforts to weaken and undermine us,” Strzok said Tuesday in a statement accompanying the book announcement.


#180

60 Minutes Australia does a 30 min interview with Mary Trump - I am not sure she is doing 60 Minutes in the US, but this one does delve deeply into the personalities…some new pix of them, and a few too many ads…but she’s does a great job of describing his failures and his warped personality.

I am watching a lot of her coverage, and she’s been on Colbert, Maddow, Mother Jones interview with David Corn, The View, Good Morning America - Stephanopoulis interview, WAPO with Robert Costa and Ashley Parker. And on Wed - 7/29 she will be with Joy Reid, on her new show The Reidout. 4p PST/7p EST.


#181

The Neil Postman book should be on this list. It’s an oldie but a goodie.


#182

Book from Jeffrey Toobin of CNN “TRUE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” due out Aug 4, 2020

Looks into the Mueller investigation and parts are excerpted below saying why Mueller did not go after T’s taxes or financial records (leaving this to SDNY) and also because it would have been harder to prove intent or motive behind certain actions T took.

https://twitter.com/VickyPJWard/status/1288927843628482560?s=20