This article was published on August 20th, 2020
There’s another Trump on the block these days, but this is one that that LGBTQ+ community has been ready to come through for months now. Mary Trump’s memoir has been discussed for months now before its official release, which Donald Trump and his brother Robert tried to halt through litigation. Due to overwhelming demand, publisher Simon & Schuster released the book early and now the Trump administration has been in damage control ever since.
Mary Trump Releases Blockbuster Tome
There’s a reason why Donald Trump has been working overtime to block the release of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man”. In the book, Mary Trump, a lesbian, labels her uncle a narcissist, racist, anti-Semite, and homophobe that has cheated and cajoled his way into power and privilege from birth. In its first week, the memoir had the biggest sales of the year, with 950,000 sold on the first day – a new record – and 1.35 million in sales for the first week. Available currently in five languages, it is already in its 17th printing and on course to be the biggest seller of the year.
Secrets and (His) Lies
Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, has exposed Donald Trump more than ever before, writing that her grandfather Fred Trump, ““perverted his son’s perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it.” The book breaks down the dynamics of one of America’s most corrupt families and how Donald Trump came to be, revealing his upbringing and the repercussions of his family’s influence and access to wealth.
Donald Trump, A Narcissist? No One Is Surprised!
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to note Donald Trump’s narcissistic tendencies, but in her memoir, Mary Trump digs deeper with her Ph.D in clinical psychology, claiming her uncle possesses all nine clinical criteria for the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. She writes:
“Nothing is ever enough. This is far beyond garden-variety narcissism; Donald is not simply weak, his ego is a fragile thing that must be bolstered every moment because he knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be. 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 neuro-physical tests, that he’ll never sit for.”
There have been several stories about Donald Trump cheating his way through life, but also that he bought his way through school, and Mary Trump writes that her uncle paid someone to take his SAT’s while in high school. She writes, “Lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was.” The White House denies these allegations and refuses to comment on the memoir’s sales. This may be in part because Mary Trump’s book has already sold more than Donald Trump’s own book, Art of the Deal, which was released over 30 years ago, and one that Donald once asked his niece to write. She refused and now she has her own bestseller outright on her hands now, instead of the ghostwriter Donald Trump used.
Donald Trump, the Racist
Mary Trump has been doing the rounds in the media promoting her book, and when asked if Donald Trump has ever used anti-Semitic slurs and the N-word, she stated:
“Of course I did. And I don’t think that should surprise anybody, given how virulently racist he is today.”
Donald Trump’s use of racist language has been supported by two former co-workers: former White House worker and Celebrity Apprentice co-star Omarosa claimed she heard Trump use the slur and reports surfaced that Trump referred to another Apprentice co-star by the slur.
The Family and the Dynamic
Mary Trump is the daughter of the president’s older brother Fred Trump, Jr., who died in the 80s from a heart attack related to his battle with alcoholism. On the night of his death, Mary writes that her uncle Donald went to a movie instead. Her other uncle, Robert Trump, has claimed the publication a nondisclosure agreement that bound members of the family from publicly discussing their relationships with one another following a dispute over Fred Trump Sr.’s will. Donald Trump has also stated that Mary Trump was forbidden from publishing the book.
A New Genre of Books Have Emerged
Since Donald Trump has come into office, his administration has had a steady stream of books released after they have been fired from the White House. This has led to a new genre in the publishing industry, with many former members on the Trump staff releasing tell-alls about their time working there. Mary Trump’s book is the first, however, to come directly from a family member and this is why it has caused such an impact and caused an even bigger rift within the Trump family. Mary Trump is currently calling for her uncle to resign, but as November fast approaches, that is not looking likely.