Saturday, June 22, 2024

Donald Trump Forgets All His Ghost Writers and Co-Authors


Donald Trump is starting to make me worry–about him. Always boastful, he never sounded really nuts. But since this run for the presidency thing started, he’s sounding more and more like Charlie Sheen–wired, manic, and not in possession of the facts. On Fox News, he announced to Sean Hannity, “I’ve written a lot of bestsellers, including the Art of the Deal. I know something about writing”–as he declared that neither Barack Obama nor Ernest Hemingway wrote their own books.

Uh, Donald forgets: Tony Schwartz wrote Donald’s real bestseller, “The Art of the Deal,” in 1988. Meredith McIver wrote several of the others including “How to Get Rich,” “Think Success,” “Trump 101,” and so on. Every single book published by Donald Trump and listed on amazon has a co-author’s name right on its cover–it’s not like Trump was trying to hide it. Only book, a collection of aphorisms from other business people–lists Trump solo.

So what’s going on? Why is Trump just getting more and more manic, and why isn’t Roger Ailes putting a cap on it? Is it ratings? Because it’s not making any sense, from the birth certificate stuff to this. If only Trump could be in a debate with Hemingway at his peak–a little time travel debate. I’d like to hear Donald ask Ernest for his birth certificate!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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