For those who are unaware, most books by famous people who aren’t writers are usually not written by them on their own. Often, actual writers come in and either in part or totally write the book ‘in the voice’ of the subject. In Trump’s case, that man was Tony Schwartz. Schwartz says that in reality, he totally wrote the book and Trump ‘read it.’ That decision to present Trump in the flattering way he did, is now coming back to haunt him and Schwartz felt the need to speak out.
‘I put lipstick on a pig,’
‘I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.’ Schwartz also said he was ‘terrified of a Trump presidency’ and ‘fears for the world if Trump has the nuclear codes.’ He didn’t stop there, calling Trump a ‘liar without a conscience who stands for many things he hates.’
Schwartz spent 18 months shadowing Trump to ‘learn his voice’ so he could write the book, according to a report in the New Yorker that is getting massive attention today. he called the experience ‘draining’ and ‘deadening.’
Asked on Good Morning America (see video below…) flat out how much he and Trump each contributed to the actual writing of the book, Schwartz was crystal clear:
‘I wrote every word of it. Donald Trump made a few red marks when I handed in the manuscript, but that’s about it.’
Asked to give an example of why he fears a Trump presidency so much. Schwartz pointed out Trump’s small attention span, that he couldn’t do interviews with him for very long and said his 2-year-old grandchild had a longer attention span than The Donald. Asked why he waited till now to speak out as his detractors might suggest, Schwartz was again very clear:
‘I never thought in a million years that he would run for President. If I knew 30 years ago that he was going to run for President I would never have written the book.’ Schwartz added that he felt Trump has ‘more sociopathic tendencies’ than anyone he ever met and has even forgone his royalties since Trump announced his GOP run for President, instead giving them away to charities.
Schwartz also pointed out that there were lies in the Art Of The Deal such as Trump bragging about his three casinos and how well they were doing, meanwhile, they were all heading for bankruptcy.
Check out the interview with Good Morning America HERE:
If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”