Being a world class buffoon may not make one a lot of friends, but it most certainly makes for some interesting and varied enemies — in Donald Trump’s case, his own flesh and blood. Mary Trump, daughter of Fred Trump, Jr., Donald’s deceased brother, with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, is publishing a tell-all book, “Too Much and Never Enough” on August 11, a few weeks before the Republican National Convention. Daily Beast:
One of the most explosive revelations Mary will detail in the book, according to people familiar with the matter, is how she played a critical role helping The New York Times print startling revelations about Trump’s taxes, including how he was involved in “fraudulent” tax schemes and had received more than $400 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real-estate empire.
As she is set to outline in her book, Mary was a primary source for the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, supplying Fred Trump Sr.’s tax returns and other highly confidential family financial documentation to the paper.
Fueling Mary Trump’s animosity is the contested will of Fred Trump, Sr. and the fact that Uncle Donald and siblings cut off her brother’s son, who was born with cerebral palsy, from necessary medical care. Donald Trump is even a bigger monster than you knew.
After Fred Jr.’s children brought their messy court case against the family—contesting their grandfather’s will and alleging it was “procured by fraud and undue influence” on the part of Donald and his siblings—they highlighted Donald’s callous treatment of family members as he, along with siblings Maryanne and Robert, cut off the medical benefits to his nephew’s sick child William, who was born with cerebral palsy. The move, the family said at the time, was payback for Mary and Fred the 3rd’s challenge to the will.
That court case produced a treasure trove of confidential and highly sensitive Trump family financial documents, including Fred Trump Sr.’s tax returns, which almost two decades later would fall into the hands of The New York Times and form the basis for one of the most stunning pieces of journalism in recent years.
This book comes out six weeks after John Bolton’s book. Another day, another scandal. You would think Trump would get tired of it — but maybe this is his idea of winning. The title sounds like that famous line from “Lost Weekend,” “One drink’s too many and a thousand’s not enough.” Donald Trump has an addictive personality and money is one of the substances he can’t manage properly. The long hot summer of 2020 is going to sizzle with as many Trump exposes as there are hot dogs, apparently.