Several people who have supported or worked for Donald Trump in the past have stepped out of the shadows to denounce the disgraceful presidential campaign he has been running.
Former employees and comrades have revealed some of Trump’s shadiest practices such as eavesdropping on guests’ calls at his Mar-a-Lago estate, pretending to be his own PR person to push lies to the media about his lifestyle, and even hiring mostly immigrants to work at his resorts — despite the anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric he has spewed.
Now, Author Tony Schwartz — ghostwriter of Trump’s New York Times best-selling book “The Art of the Deal” — can be added to the list of people who now regret their affiliation with Trump.
According to The New Yorker, Schwartz feels remorse for his part in “presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”
Schwartz did not hold back his strong anti-Trump sentiments as he said if he wrote the same book today, he’d title it “The Sociopath.”
He also accurately noted that Trump possesses “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.”
“I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization,” he said.
The success of the 1987 book solidified Trump’s reputation as a “charmingly brash entrepreneur with an unfailing knack for business,” which — as we have learned — is only a facade that Schwartz is partly responsible for creating.
In a generous attempt to make up for his regrets, Schwartz has chosen to pledge all royalties for the 2016 sales of “The Art of the Deal” to charities including; the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center.
“I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” he said. “There’s no righting it. But I like the idea that, the more copies that ‘The Art of the Deal’ sells, the more money I can donate to the people whose rights Trump seeks to abridge.”
Word got around to Trump about Schwartz’s interview with The New Yorker and needless to say, he was less than thrilled about how harshly critical Schwartz was of him.
They got into a bit of a spat over the phone, during which Trump reportedly called Schwartz disloyal and took credit for his success by stating, “Without me, you wouldn’t be where you are now.”
Knowing Trump on a personal level, Schwartz said that he knew better than to take his anger personally because “people are dispensable and disposable in Trump’s world.”
Schwartz foreshadowed the disappointment that lies ahead for Trump supporters if they succeed in getting him into the White House: “The millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”
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