Donald Trump may have slapped his name, face, and singular strand of hair turned cotton candy toupee on the cover of his infamous 1987 work “The Art of the Deal,” but he didn’t actually write it.
In reality, the “book” was ghostwritten by Tony Schwartz, a man whose close relationship with the former reality TV star provides terrifying insight into the psyche of the man wielding the nuclear codes.
On Monday, Schwartz stopped by CNN to discuss Trump’s behavior at the G-7 summit and warned that the barrage of attacks made against America’s longtime-allies will only worsen as Trump’s frustration grows.
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Host Alisyn Camerota referenced a tweet posted by Schwartz as a springboard for the discussion:
Trump's G-7 pique is all about his fragile ego. He's a bully, seeking to cover over his vast insecurity. He'll serve his interests, not ours, with Kim Jung Un.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) June 10, 2018
“Trump’s G-7 pique is all about his fragile ego,” Schwartz began before calling Trump a “bully.” His final sentence in particular concerned Camerota who asked Schwartz what “interests” Trump has which are so important he would sell out his own country.
Schwartz backs his claim by confirming Trump’s behavior is nothing new, and consistent with personal conduct displayed in the past when his fragile ego attacked and dissolved interpersonal relationships with others.
“His interest is almost entirely about how he is seen or how he thinks he’s seen… All he cares about right now… is that he can restore in his own mind his sense of self – and what’s so fragile in Trump is his sense of self.”
Schwartz then pointed to the obvious example – Trump’s absolute resistance to criticism, whether constructive or otherwise. It is then that Schwartz makes an assertion not to be taken lightly, particularly in light of the high-profile suicides of fashion mogul Kate Spade and traveling food aficionado Anthony Bourdain – he calls Trump “mentally ill.”
“This is a man, and I understand I’m not a psychiatrist, but he’s prima facie mentally ill. He has a personality disorder. That means on its face this is a man who is unstable, who doesn’t think clearly and has narrowed his frame by pushing out anybody who will disagree with him.”
Camerota interjected, playing devil’s advocate and pointing out the vast number of White House aides and officials who have come forward on her show to say that behind the scene, Trump is very together.
“Alisyn, I love you, but that’s nonsense,” Schwartz countered, before dismissing the notion as a publicity stunt for the cameras – behind the scenes, chaos reigns.
“Privately, and I have heard it privately, they all are terrified by his instability,” he insisted.
Check out the interaction below: