Tony Schwartz wrote Donald Trump’s best seller “The Art of the Deal,” published in 1986. He’s never spoken against Trump in three decades. But now he tells The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that he fears a Trump presidency, that Trump is a liar with no attention span and an interest only in attention. Mayer’s story is quite an indictment.
I knew Tony Schwartz in the 80s, and I always wondered why he never broke ranks. He could have done it a long time ago. But he says to Mayer “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “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.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
It’s a remarkable piece by Mayer, who is well respected. And it explains a lot.