Simon & Schuster announced that the publication of Mary Trump’s Book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man” has been moved up to July 14, due to “high demand and extraordinary interest.” The publishers released the back cover today and it is a gem. Bear in mind, Mary Trump is a psychologist. She’s not just shooting from the hip with her analysis, she’s got a Ph.D. in psychology.
I, for one, cannot wait for this to be released. Along with John Bolton’s book, we are getting invaluable insight from people who were actually there. Frankly, I believe Mary Trump’s book will blow Uncle Donald out of the water. Robert Trump, brother to Donald, attempted twice to enjoin publication and both efforts failed. The second effort was done mere days after Robert Trump was released from the hospital. It’s not clear why he was hospitalized, but it’s a reasonable inference that this level of stress isn’t doing the man any good. Robert Trump and other Trump siblings Elizabeth and Maryanne have been largely in the shadows for this entire debacle of the Trump presidency, but it looks like the veils are about to drop and we’re going to see the entire cast of characters in this ensemble for who and what they are. Politico:
Mary Trump’s account appears to be unsparing, according to a release from the publisher. She alleges that her uncle Donald values human beings “only…in monetary terms” and subscribes to “cheating as a way of life.” […]
A spokesman for Mary Trump, Chris Bastardi, said in a statement Monday: “The act by a sitting president to muzzle a private citizen is just the latest in a series of disturbing behaviors which have already destabilized a fractured nation in the face of a global pandemic. If Mary cannot comment, one can only help but wonder: what is Donald Trump so afraid of?”
In theory, Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster could both be on the hook for damages if the lawsuit continues.
However, Mary Trump’s affidavit filed last week seems to threaten trouble for her uncle if the court case continues. She argues that she was tricked into signing the 2001 estate settlement because of an alleged pattern by Donald Trump of altering asset valuations to reduce his tax bills.
“I relied on the false valuations provided to me by my uncles and aunt, and would never have entered into the Agreement had I known the true value of the assets involved,” she wrote.
Maybe this will act as a cautionary tale about people who live in glass houses not lobbing howitzer shells by going into public service and upending American institutions. I also expect it to provide valuable insight into how a very young Donald, threatened and alone, became warped into the mean, nasty customer that we deal with today, bereft of empathy and self-centered to the core. Mary Trump may be the ultimate whistle blower and her timing is impeccable.