Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump’s niece - POLITICO
"Here are some of the most revelatory and incendiary passages from Mary Trump's new book.
A new book by Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump describes the president as a person likely afflicted by multiple psychological disorders who is profoundly unsuited to be president.
Mary Trump is the daughter of the president’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr., an airline pilot who suffered from alcoholism and died of a heart attack at 42. She is a clinical psychologist who holds a Ph.D. from Adelphi University in New York.
The president’s younger brother, Robert Trump, is trying to stop publication of the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” copies of which have already been distributed to the press. Publisher Simon & Schuster on Monday moved up the publication date to next Tuesday.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Tuesday that the book is full of “falsehoods and that’s about it.”
A copy of the book was shared with POLITICO. Here are some of its most revelatory and incendiary allegations:
1. Trump cheated on the SAT
Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s now-deceased older brother Fred Trump Jr., accuses the president of paying a friend to take the SAT for him when he was applying to college as a teenager.
“That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well,” Mary Trump writes in the book. Donald Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, also often did his homework for him during high school, the author alleges, which helped get him into the University of Pennsylvania.
2. Trump's sister called him a "clown" after he announced his presidential campaign
Trump Barry, a retired federal judge in New Jersey, considered her brother Donald “a clown” who could never win the presidency, Mary Trump writes.
At a lunch with the author after Donald Trump announced in 2015 that he would run for president, Trump Barry said that her brother had “no principles. None!” and that “the only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. It’s mind-boggling.”
Trump Barry also noted that her brother’s businesses had had five bankruptcies and was exploiting Mary’s late father, Fred Trump Jr.
“He’s using your father’s memory for political purposes, and that’s a sin, especially since Freddy should have been the star of the family,” the author recalls her aunt saying.
3. Trump said he "barely even knew" his daughter-in-law
At a family dinner at the White House in 2017, Donald Trump said that he didn’t know his own daughter-in-law Lara Trump well, even though she had been with the president’s son Eric Trump for almost eight years.
“Lara, there. I barely even knew who the fuck she was, honestly, but then she gave a great speech during the campaign in Georgia supporting me,” the president said, according to the book.
4. Trump's niece says he suffers from multiple psychological issues
Besides believing that her uncle fits the nine criteria of being a narcissist, Mary Trump believes that he also may suffer from antisocial personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and a “long undiagnosed learning disability that for decades has interfered with his ability to process information.”
She also thinks that he may suffer from a caffeine-induced sleep disorder, a result of the several Diet Cokes he reportedly drinks on a daily basis. Asked about the narcissism claim, McEnany said on Tuesday: “It’s ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolute no bearing in truth.”
5. Trump's sister also told him to "leave his Twitter at home" before meeting Kim Jong Un
Trump Barry, the retired federal judge, called the White House in June 2018 to warn her brother about his dealings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un before he met with him. Her message to the president’s secretary: “Tell him his older sister called with a little sisterly advice. Prepare. Learn from those who know what they are doing. Stay away from Dennis Rodman. And leave his Twitter at home.”
6. Trump's personality is the product of his relationship with his mother
The author suggests that Donald Trump’s personality is shaped by the weak relationship she says he had as a child with his mother, also named Mary Trump. Because of that, the president’s niece suggests that Donald Trump turned as a child to his father, who was also not a warm parent.
“Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life” and developed personality traits such as “displays of narcissism, bullying [and] grandiosity” as a result, the author writes.
7. The president's father used anti-Semitic language
Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., who was a New York real estate developer, frequently used the anti-Semitic term “Jew me down.”
Both Fred Trump Sr. and Donald Trump were sued by the U.S. government in the early 1970s for allegedly discriminating against African-Americans.
8. Trump's history of crude remarks about women's physical appearance extends into his own family
When writing a sequel to the bestselling “Art of the Deal,” Trump made a recording of himself complaining about women who didn’t want to date him.
“It was an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he’d ever met,” Mary Trump, who helped on her uncle’s book, writes in “Too Much and Never Enough.”
At another point in their interactions, Trump even made a crass comment about Mary Trump’s breasts after seeing her in a bathing suit. “Holy shit, Mary. You’re stacked,” the president allegedly said. His then-wife, Marla Maples, slapped him lightly on the arm. Mary describes her face reddening after her uncle’s comment.
9. Trump went to the movies instead of to the hospital when his older brother died
On the day that the president’s brother Fred Trump Jr. was dying in the hospital in 1981, Trump and sister Elizabeth went to the movies, Mary Trump writes in her book. No one from the family also accompanied Fred Trump Jr. to the hospital."
Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump’s niece - POLITICO
"ATLANTA — Georgia surpassed another milestone with more than 100,000 coronavirus cases.
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Monday, July 06, 2020
"Monticello is shrine enough for a man who wrote that “all men are created equal” and yet never did much to make those words come true.
Opinion | I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial. - The New York Times
Sunday, July 05, 2020
‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’ For Trump, the truth about patriarchal white supremacy defiles the American heroes who practiced it.
For Trump, the truth about patriarchal white supremacy defiles the American heroes who practiced it.
As Donald Trump gave his race-baiting speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, hoping to rile his base and jump-start his flagging campaign for re-election, I was forced to recall the ranting of a Columbia University sophomore that caught the nation’s attention in 2018.
In the video, a student named Julian von Abele exclaims, “We built the modern world!” When someone asks who, he responds, “Europeans.”
“We invented science and industry, and you want to tell us to stop because oh my God, we’re so baaad. We invented the modern world. We saved billions of people from starvation. We built modern civilization. White people are the best thing that ever happened to the world. We are so amazing! I love myself! And I love white people!”
He concludes: “I don’t hate other people. I just love white men.”
Von Abele later apologized for “going over the top,” saying, “I emphasize that my reaction was not one of hate” and arguing that his remarks were taken “out of context.” But the sentiments like the one this young man expressed — that white men must be venerated, regardless of their sins, in spite of their sins, because they used maps, Bibles and guns to change the world, and thereby lifted it and saved it — aren’t limited to one college student’s regrettable video. They are at the root of patriarchal white supremacist ideology.
To people who believe in this, white men are the heroes in the history of the world. They conquered those who could be conquered. They enslaved those who could be enslaved. And their religion and philosophy, and sometimes even their pseudoscience, provided the rationale for their actions.
It was hard not to hear the voice of von Abele when Trump stood at the base of Mount Rushmore and said, “Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy and reason.” He continued later, “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”
To be clear, the “our” in that passage is white people, specifically white men. Trump is telling white men that they are their ancestors, and that they’re now being attacked for that which they should be thanked.
The ingratitude of it all.
How dare historically oppressed minorities in this country recall the transgressions of their oppressors? How dare they demand that the whole truth be told? How dare they withhold their adoration of the abominable?
At another point, Trump said of recent protests:
“This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery and progress.”
In fact, many of the protesters are simply pointing out the hypocrisy of these men, including many of the founders, who fought for freedom and liberty from the British while simultaneously enslaving Africans and slaughtering the Indigenous.
But, Trump, like white supremacy itself, rejects the inclusion of this context. As Trump put it:
“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”
In fact, the record is not being disfigured but corrected.
According to Trump: “This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore. They defile the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.”
Is it a defilement to point out that George Washington was an enslaver who signed a fugitive slave act and only freed his slaves in his will, after he was dead and no longer had earthly use for them?
Is it a defilement to point out that Thomas Jefferson enslaved over 600 human being during his life, many when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and that he had sex with a child whom he enslaved — I call it rape — and even enslaved the children she bore for him?
Is it a defilement to recall that during the Lincoln-Douglas debates Abraham Lincoln said:
“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the Black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which in my judgment will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position.”
Is it defilement to recall that Theodore Roosevelt was a white supremacist, supporter of eugenics and an imperialist? As Gary Gerstle, a professor of American history at the University of Cambridge, once put it, “He would have had no patience with the Indigenous and original inhabitants of a sacred American space interfering with his conception of the American sublime.”
It is not a defilement, but deprogramming. It is a telling of the truth, and the time for it is long overdue.
As the old folks used to put it, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.”
Teresa and Marvin Bradley can’t say for sure how they got the coronavirus. Maybe Ms. Bradley, a Michigan nurse, brought it from her hospital. Maybe it came from a visiting relative. Maybe it was something else entirely.
What is certain — according to new federal data that provides the most comprehensive look to date on nearly 1.5 million coronavirus patients in America — is that the Bradleys are not outliers.
Racial disparities in who contracts the virus have played out in big cities like Milwaukee and New York, but also in smaller metropolitan areas like Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bradleys live. Those inequities became painfully apparent when Ms. Bradley, who is Black, was wheeled through the emergency room.
“Everybody in there was African-American,” she said. “Everybody was.”
Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates. But the new federal data — made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — reveals a clearer and more complete picture: Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups.
Race or ethnicity with the highest coronavirus rate in each county
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