President Trump’s niece Mary L. Trump plans to release a comprehensive family memorial next week, describing how a decade-long history of darkness, dysfunction, and brutality has made her uncle a ruthless leader, according to her publisher Simon & Schuster “Now it threatens the health, economic security and social fabric of the world.”
The book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World” shows a cross-generational saga of greed, betrayal, and internal tension, trying to explain what President Trump’s position is in one of New York̵
Ms. Trump, who has long been estranged from President Trump at 55, is the first member of the Trump clan to break away from her relatives by writing a book about her secrets. Since late June, her family – led by the president’s younger brother, Robert S. Trump – has been trying to stop publication of the book, citing a confidentiality agreement she signed almost 20 years ago during a dispute over the family’s will, Patriarch Fred Trump Sr., the president’s father. However, a judge in New York has refused to prevent Simon & Schuster from publishing the memoirs, and is expected to soon decide whether Ms. Trump herself violated the confidentiality agreement.
Here are some of the highlights from her manuscript:
Fraud on a college entrance test
As a high school student in Queens, Ms. Trump writes, Donald Trump paid someone to take a pre-peer test, the SAT, on his behalf. The high score the proxy scored for him helped the young Mr. Trump to later be accepted as a student at the prestigious Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Trump has often boasted of visiting Wharton, whom he has called “the best school in the world” and “super genius”.
Send a brother to the hospital alone
It has long been part of the Trump family tradition that Fred Trump Sr.’s oldest child, Fred Trump Jr., better known as Freddy, was the black sheep of the dynasty. Freddy Trump was a handsome, talkative man and a heavy drinker who, after a miserable experience with his father, quit his real estate job to pursue his passion for flying and become a pilot at Trans World Airlines.
Donald Trump has often noticed that his brother’s departure from the family business opened up space for him to move in and succeed. “It worked very well for me,” Trump told the New York Times during his presidential campaign about serving under his father. “For Fred, it wasn’t something that would work.”
Fred Trump Sr. could be brutal to his namesake and yell at him when a group of employees watched: “Donald is worth ten of you,” Ms. Trump writes.
Freddy Trump died of an alcoholic heart attack in 1981 when he was 42, and Ms. Trump tells the story in her book of how his family sent him to the hospital alone on the night of his death. Nobody went with him, Ms. Trump writes.
Donald Trump, she added, went to the cinema.
“No principles,” says a sister
Already at the beginning of Mr. Trump’s campaign, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired judge at the Federal Appeals Court, had deep reservations about his suitability for an office, Ms. Trump writes.
“He’s a clown – it will never happen,” she quotes her aunt during one of her regular lunches in 2015, shortly after Mr. Trump announced that he was going to run for president.
According to the book, Maryanne Trump was particularly amazed at her brother’s support among Protestant Christians.
“The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there,” Ms. Trump quotes her aunt. “It is stunning. But that’s all about its base. He has no principles. Nobody! “
Donald Trump, Narcissus
Ms. Trump, a clinical psychologist, claims that her uncle has all nine clinical criteria to be a narcissist. And yet, she notes, even this label doesn’t cover the full range of the president’s mental health problems.
“The fact is,” she writes, “Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behavior so often inexplicable that an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a series of psychological and neurophysical tests for which he will never sit.”
At another point, she says, “Donald is institutionalized for most of his adult life, so there is no way of knowing how he would thrive or even survive in the real world.”
Like other critics of the president, Ms. Trump questions the idea in the book that Mr. Trump is a strategic thinker who works according to certain agendas or organizational principles.
“He doesn’t,” she writes. “Donald’s ego was and is a fragile and inadequate barrier between him and the real world, which he never had to negotiate alone thanks to his father’s money and power.”