Monday, May 27, 2024

Donald Trump’s “Art of the Deal” Ghost Writer Confesses He Wrote Book, Fears Trump Presidency


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.

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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