Donald Trump Says: “Do not buy this book.”

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This is the description of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump.

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.

Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.

A firsthand witness to countless holiday meals and family interactions, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.

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16 thoughts on “Donald Trump Says: “Do not buy this book.”

  1. At this point, I don’t care how or why Trump got the way he is; let historians chew on that. I just want him gone from the Presidency and the Senate’s Moscow Mitch and the rest of the Republican invertebrates in Congress with him.

  2. Trump and his administration are repugnant in every way, and this book just adds fuel to the fire. Noam Chomsky has described the Trump Presidency as being malignant, and I think that one word sums it up. Trump has stuffed his administration with corporate goons, and his main legacy will be to have attempted to ensure that climate change pushes humanity into the abyss. I hope common sense prevails and the electorate boot him and his swamp creatures out in November. Despite the predictions of some deluded right wing commenters on this blog, I think that there is an excellent chance that Agent Orange will be defeated in November. Most of the world will exhale a collective sigh of relief.

  3. Thinking maybe Gaetz’s “son” ,Nestor, might want to contact Mary about his new writing career?

    1. Re: Doug “A New York City judge has dismissed a claim by Donald Trump’s brother that sought to halt the publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece.”

      As glad as I am to see that, it doesn’t take the badness out of the recent appeals court 2:1 decision:

      “A federal appeals court in Washington ordered a lower court judge to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday.

      That ruling followed earlier arguments by Flynn’s attorneys that the matter had become moot after both they and the Justice Department asked for the case to be dropped.”

      So a convicted felon, and part of the Trump 2016 election machine, who confessed twice to his misdeeds regarding talks with Russians gets away because what is supposed to be the nation’s AG Barr has decided (again) that in the new version of justice in the U. S., Trump associates (past and present) have special status under the law.

    2. Tyvor, the appeals court ruling declares misconduct by the FBI, the first time a court has acknowledged this.
      The admission by Flynn was likely because they threatened to prosecute his son for FARA violations, which DOJ admitted were not valid in another case that was tossed by a federal judge.
      It’s possible Flynn thought he had made false statements after FBI claimed he did.
      The editing of interview notes should have drawn the judge’s suspicion.
      The released 302s does not have any appearance of ‘sanctions’.
      yet they told the court about sanctions which they then described as including expulsions.
      Flynn made a distinction at the time between the two at the time:

  4. In the discussions above, people seem to be missing an important point about Mary L. Trump. Not just that she has a PhD in clinical psychology and is an expert on psychopaths. No, not that.

    Rather, unless I’ve missed some relevant Trump family trivia these past four years, this individual appears to be the first person in Trump’s immediate or extended family with demonstrable evidence of possessing a BRAIN. If true, this is a substantial finding that should be immediately written up and submitted to the Journal of Comparative Neurology.

  5. MikeN
    It is the Appeals Court ruling that is in question. Logically, you can’t use its ruling about the FBI as evidence that its ruling is correct about the Flynn prosecution. If I remember correctly, the FBI was already investigated and that regard and it was not found at fault in that investigation. Now, after A.G. Barr mysteriously determines that the Flynn case should be dropped after he confessed (twice) and was convicted, an Appeals Court decision along party lines says it was all wrong. And in addition says that the judge can’t even question the basis on which Barr acted. Phooey. The whole thing stinks.

    Flynn was a military man, a general, and I just don’t believe your story that he was such a snowflake as to melt under questioning and admit to having done things he didn’t do — or to become unsure that he didn’t actually do them either. That’s sound like part of a plot from a bad movie.

    Personally, I think Flynn should have been prosecuted long ago for trying to feed classified information to his Russian friends (why he was removed from his security job) and going over to Russia and accepting a fat fee from Russia Today (I believe) to show up with Putin and metaphorically kiss his ring to signal his lackey status (as it was seen in Russia).

  6. We need to address Michael Shellenberger recent declarations
    and what it mean to the enviro movement.

    1. Shellenberger is simply Lomborg redux. He even uses the same strategy in an attempt to legitimize himself: write a screed producing arguments at odds with the vast majority of empirical studies and the opinions of scientists (myself included) but add a disclaimer claiming that he is a truly progressive environmentalist, and that his background spent in Latin America is somehow proof of his good intentions. Lomborg also claimed to be a member of Greenpeace (highly disputed) and is a vegan who rides a bicycle, but then writes a heavily criticized book (and later more books) claiming that environmental problems are exaggerated, that things are getting better and better for almost everyone, and that a rosy future is in store. Both Lomborg and Shellenberger are acolytes of neoclassical economic theory with its tenets of unlimited economic growth and technology as a solution for any problems arising from our consumer culture. This is where the term ‘ecomodernism’ emerged. And it is primarily garbage, because it downplays or ignores the connection between the material and natural economies.

      Nothing makes a better story than someone who changes horses midstream. Patrick Moore was probably the first to do it, cashing in his ancient Greenpeace affiliation to shill for corporations and anti-environmental groups. Lomborg and Shellenberger are already the darlings of the far end of the political right: Lomborg regularly speaks at think tanks and for business groups while Shellenberger was recently interviewed by Glenn Beck and Tucker Carlson. Note how Shellenberger’s piece went viral in the denialosphere. Like Moore, they both know who their true constituency is and they milk it for all of it is worth. What was especially galling about Shellenberger’s admission was his quite arrogant claim to be ‘speaking on behalf of the environmental movement’. Bullshit. He was speaking for himself. It takes remarkable hubris for anyone to make such an outrageous claim. Like Lomborg, Shellenberger is clearly a bit of a legend in his own mind.

    2. Brere Eli did a few pieces on eco-modernism a while back: I think that there was a fair framing of the shortcomings there and in the comments that appeared below.

  7. Christopher, seeing how utterly dumbed down the US population is, Trump’s re-election would not surprise me at all. Reading public comments on Yahoo! or Youtube and one is confronted with a sea of profound ignorance. Nothing depresses me more than seeing poor people with limited education literally drooling over a right wing President and Party that are quite literally shafting them. These same people rail and rant over the evils of socialism and espouse hatred towards any form of liberal thought. Quite honestly, they are too stupid to know that they don’t know anything. They instead rely on deeply-rooted fears and these are easily manipulated by a small, ruling elite.

    1. Jeff, it really does seem as if all too many U. S. voters are addled. They are either angry about the right things but blame the wrong people or system, or they are angry about the wrong things such as an end to discrimination against groups that have been historically discriminated against and a push for an even closer approximation to equal justice under the law.

      I have been at a loss for some time by the perception seen in polls and elections among a large segment of the U. S. population that Republicans are better at handling the economy than Democrats are. Look at how many Republican presidents have had second term recessions, including major recessions. Look at their ballooning of the national debt. Feeding the already rich with ever more money is not good for most Americans’ economies.

  8. Jeff,

    Let’s not forget:
    1) Voter suppression, including: purging of voter rolls; closing of polling places especially in areas likely to vote Democratic, resistance to voting by mail because of feigned worries about voter fraud.
    2) Russian and domestic disinformation campaigns, especially on social media, about which neither the Impeached President’s administration nor the Republicans in Congress have done anything to stop (“Moscow Mitch” McConnell deserves the onus for an important part of that).

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