Donald Trump’s extraordinary character and outrageous behavior which has usually been a “threat to the world’s health, economic security and social fabric” were shaped by his “high-functioning sociopath” or to say domineering father during childhood, describes Donald Trump’s niece according to excerpts of her eagerly anticipated memoir.
Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” will be published next Tuesday, 14 July amid a legal battle to stop its publication, and is already a best-seller on Amazon. The Guardian obtained a copy.
She is accusing Trump of “hubris and willful ignorance” in her bombshell book, stretching back to his younger days, according to CNN, which has seen a copy.
Mary, a clinical psychologist, stressed upon extended consideration of familial dysfunction mentioning alleged multiple instances of shocking behavior by the president as a younger man which included an instance of academic cheating to get into a prestigious business school, and brutal treatment of women.
She alleges that the future US leader, Donald Trump paid someone else to sit for the SAT pre-collegiate exam on his behalf, helping him get into the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school.
In her book, Mary also writes that Trump developed “twisted behaviors” and saw “cheating as a way of life,” according to The New York Times.
Mary Trump thanks her aunt, Maryanne Trump Barry, in the acknowledgments section of the book, “for all of the enlightening information”. Maryanne Trump Barry, the president’s sister, is a federal judge who retired in 2019.
The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said on Tuesday afternoon that the president had “no response, other than it’s a book of falsehoods … ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolutely no bearing in truth”.
The White House, she said, “had yet to see the book but it’s a book of falsehoods”.
“The absurd SAT allegation is completely false,” also said deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews.
As per the report of The Washington Post, the 240-page book describes Trump as a product of his “sociopath” father Fred Trump who created an abusive and traumatic home life.
“(The president) said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child,” Matthews further added.
The memoir is billed as the first unflattering portrayal of Trump by a family insider.
The president’s younger brother Robert Trump tried to block publication, on the argument that Mary was violating a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 after the settlement of her grandfather’s estate.
Donald Trump’s niece writes her study of his character from the perspective of a trained clinical psychologist.
“Child abuse is, in some sense, the expectation of ‘too much’ or ‘not enough’,” she writes. “Donald directly experienced the ‘not enough’ in the loss of connection to his mother at a crucial development stage.
“… Having been abandoned by his mother for at least a year, and having his father fail not only to meet his needs but to make him feel safe or loved, valued or mirrored, Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life,” Mary further writes.
“The personality traits that resulted – displays of narcissism, bullying, grandiosity – finally made my grandfather take notice but not in a way that ameliorated any of the horrors that had come before.”
Mary is the daughter of Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr who died in 1981 from complications related to alcoholism.
Mary Trump and her book’s publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest,” said deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews.