NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece describes the US president as a lying narcissist who was shaped by his domineering father, according to excerpts of her memoir published Tuesday.
The White House immediately hit back, describing Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” as “a book of falsehoods”.
The memoir is due out on July 14 amid a legal battle to stop its publication and is already a best-seller on Amazon.
Mary, a clinical psychologist, writes that Trump saw “cheating as a way of life”, according to The New York Times.
She accuses Trump of “hubris and willful ignorance” stretching back to his younger days.
She alleges that the future US leader paid someone else to take the SAT pre-collegiate exam, helping him get into the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school.
The Times doesn’t explain how she knew.
“The absurd SAT allegation is completely false,” said deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews.
The 240-page book says Trump is a product of his “sociopath” father Fred Trump who created an abusive and traumatic home life, The Washington Post reported.
“(The president) said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child,” Matthews said in response.
The memoir is billed as the first unflattering portrayal of Trump by a family insider.
July 8, 2020, 4:36 AM +08 / Updated July 8, 2020, 6:15 AM +08
By Josh Lederman and Dareh Gregorian
A new book by President Donald Trump’s niece — which his family sued to stop from being published — paints the president as an emotionally damaged narcissist who has cheated to get ahead and is unable to “experience the entire spectrum of human emotion.”
“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 neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for,” Mary Trump writes in her book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
Among the revelations and allegations:
Mary Trump paints Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, as emotionally abusive and as having caused lasting damage to both her father, Fred Trump Jr., and to the future president, his younger brother. “The only reason Donald escaped the same fate is that his personality served his father’s purpose. That’s what sociopaths do: They co-opt others and use them toward their own ends — ruthlessly and efficiently, with no tolerance for dissent or resistance,” she wrote. “Fred destroyed Donald, too, but not by snuffing him out as he did Freddy; instead, he short-circuited Donald’s ability to develop and experience the entire spectrum of human emotion. By limiting Donald’s access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son’s perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it.”
Donald Trump had no issue cheating his way to success. He would have his eldest sister, Maryanne, do his homework for him, and he hired a ringer to take his SAT for him, the book says. “To hedge his bets [Donald] enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him. That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well,” Mary Trump wrote.
The president’s father viewed apologies as a sign of weakness, according to the book. “Fred hated it when his oldest son screwed up or failed to intuit what was required of him, but he hated it even more when, after being taken to task, Freddie apologized. ‘Sorry, Dad,’ Fred would mock him. Fred wanted his oldest son to be a ‘killer’ in his parlance (for what reason it’s impossible to say — collecting rent in Coney Island wasn’t exactly a high-risk endeavor in the 1950s), and he was temperamentally the opposite of that,” the author wrote.
“For some of the Trump kids, lying was a way of life, and for Fred’s oldest son, lying was defensive — not simply a way to circumvent his father’s disapproval or to avoid punishment, as it was for the others, but a way to survive,” Mary Trump wrote. “For Donald, lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was.”