Art of the Deal Ghostwriter Says Trump Is a Sociopath Who May Cause Nuclear War

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    Jul 18, 2016 6:42 PM GMT
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/18/tony_schwartz_art_of_the_deal_ghostwriter_is_not_a_trump_fan.html
    The New Yorker's Jane Mayer has written an unsettling piece about Tony Schwartz, the former journalist who ghostwrote Donald Trump's 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. It's well worth reading the article in full, but a few lines are worth pulling out in particular. For example:
    ... The prospect of President Trump terrified him. It wasn’t because of Trump’s ideology—Schwartz doubted that he had one. The problem was Trump’s personality, which he considered pathologically impulsive and self-centered....

    ...“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

    ...Schwartz goes on to say that Trump cannot concentrate on any subject besides "his own self-aggrandizement" for longer than a few minutes, that he lies constantly, and that he may never have read a book start to finish as an adult....

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  • mybud

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    Jul 18, 2016 6:50 PM GMT
    I still think Trump's on coke. It would explain a lot.
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    Jul 18, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    I'm not even comfortable with him having access to the internet.
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    Jul 18, 2016 7:30 PM GMT
    This is really kind of scary. Nothing he says is anything I haven't thought but I hoped that at least there might be some stylistic issues that were leading me to think that, as opposed to the possibility that it might be true. A ghost writer gets to know his subject pretty well.
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    Jul 18, 2016 7:41 PM GMT
    How ever funny, Yes, we must repeat it too, republicans and their right wing christian friends are all sociopaths



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    Jul 18, 2016 10:27 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    ...Schwartz goes on to say that Trump cannot concentrate on any subject besides "his own self-aggrandizement" for longer than a few minutes, that he lies constantly, and that he may never have read a book start to finish as an adult....


    Trump does write his own speeches then.
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    Jul 19, 2016 2:22 AM GMT
    On Trump and nuclear weapons, I thought as much myself, but should have shared that the guy has erectile dysfunction (this according to ex-wife Ivanka) but now has a false sense of confidence because he now takes Cialis or Viagra. If not for this medication, I suspect that he would otherwise shun the spotlight and not be so brazen in the use of nukes should the occasion ever arise. But it should be understood though, that the support of Trump on this website, may have little to do with Trump himself, and have to do with dealing in real life with the kind of people that currently dislike Trump and who happen to support Hillary Clinton, and who have already posted in this very thread...
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    Jul 19, 2016 5:39 AM GMT
    WTF is this? the dark side of the force? like freaky Frankenstein or the evil shadow man, I guess the "ghost" has revealed itself icon_eek.gif

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    Trump might be a fan of Queen, but Queen’s guitarist is no fan of Trump. When Trump used the same tune during one of his rallies last month, Queen guitarist Brian May said he’d “never give permission” to Trump to do so.

    “We certainly have not approved this use of [the song],” the British musician wrote on his website, pointing out he speaks only for himself. “I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”

    Also problematic is the fact that Freddie Mercury, the man who sang “We Are the Champions,” was a gay icon, yet the platform set to be approved by Trump’s party reveals some delegates still haven’t accepted it’s okay to be gay, as it contains language that appears to endorse the widely decried practice of gay conversion therapy.
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    Jul 19, 2016 1:44 PM GMT
    more, much more...

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-allStarting in late 1985, Schwartz spent eighteen months with Trump—camping out in his office, joining him on his helicopter, tagging along at meetings, and spending weekends with him at his Manhattan apartment and his Florida estate. During that period, Schwartz felt, he had got to know him better than almost anyone else outside the Trump family. Until Schwartz posted the tweet, though, he had not spoken publicly about Trump for decades. It had never been his ambition to be a ghostwriter, and he had been glad to move on. But, as he watched a replay of the new candidate holding forth for forty-five minutes, he noticed something strange: over the decades, Trump appeared to have convinced himself that he had written the book. Schwartz recalls thinking, “If he could lie about that on Day One—when it was so easily refuted—he is likely to lie about anything.”

    ...Schwartz decided that if he kept mum and Trump was elected he’d never forgive himself. In June, he agreed to break his silence ...

    “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

    ...Trump’s short attention span has left him with “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.” He said, “That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—information comes in easily digestible sound bites.” He added, “I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.” During the eighteen months that he observed Trump, Schwartz said, he never saw a book on Trump’s desk, or elsewhere in his office, or in his apartment.,,,

    ...Trump’s self-portrayal as a Horatio Alger figure has buttressed his populist appeal in 2016. But his origins were hardly humble. Fred’s fortune, based on his ownership of middle-income properties, wasn’t glamorous, but it was sizable: in 2003, a few years after Fred died, Trump and his siblings reportedly sold some of their father’s real-estate holdings for half a billion dollars....

    ...The other key myth perpetuated by “The Art of the Deal” was that Trump’s intuitions about business were almost flawless. “The book helped fuel the notion that he couldn’t fail,” Barrett said. But, unbeknown to Schwartz and the public, by late 1987, when the book came out, Trump was heading toward what Barrett calls “simultaneous personal and professional self-destruction.”

    ...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.”
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    Jul 19, 2016 2:57 PM GMT
    People who have studied psychopathology (e.g., psychopathy, sociopathy, megalomania and narcissism) will have one and only one conclusion about Donald Trump, politics aside. Of course it would be difficult for a mental health professional to make an accurate diagnosis without first interviewing and observing his/her subject, but everything that's been made public about Trump (e.g., his speeches, his random comments, his deportment, etc.) would point to only one conclusion.