Election 2016 Lizard People

“The Art of the Sociopath”

I wouldn't say there's a good time for news like this to come out, but the first day of the GOP's convention probably isn't optimal for them.

This probably shouldn't come as a big surprise, but Donald Trump did not personally write his famous book The Art of the Deal. In fact, the man who actually wrote the book, Trump's ghostwriter, has come forward to speak out against the Republican presidential nominee.

Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz did not come forward to necessarily oppose Trump's ideology because, according to Schwartz, Trump does subscribe to any particular ideology. Schwartz describes Trump as a man who may be the most self-centered person in the entire world, going so far as to say the book should be renamed to Art of the Sociopath.

From The New Yorker:

[The] prospect of President Trump terrified him. It wasn’t because of Trump’s ideology—Schwartz doubted that he had one. The problem was Trump’s personality, which he considered pathologically impulsive and self-centered. [...]

“I put lipstick on a pig,” [Schwartz] 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.”

If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”

The New Yorker's lengthy profile of Schwartz' and Trump's business relationship doesn't necessarily tell us anything we didn't already know about the Republican presidential nominee, but it undercuts his faltering image as a man who possess extraordinary business acumen. At this point you'd be hard pressed to name a single Trump venture or business that has been an authentic success. Everything he puts his name on inevitably withers.

In his typical fashion, Trump has responded by referring to The New Yorker as a "failing magazine that no one reads" and has threatened to sue Schwartz who, according to Trump, is only looking for publicity.

Schwartz has reportedly directed all royalties from sales of The Art of the Sociopath to the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center.

  • Badgerite

    I do think that the Trump Monster does have one principle that he cares about And that is that old, white, rich guys should be running things for everyone for ever because. “That’s just the way things are”.
    This is why the GOP can ignore all the red flags about this guy. That is why evangelicals don’t give a flying crap whether he is one of them or not. He will do their bidding and they will do his because they both subscribe to that one concern. That old, rich white guys run things. Forever. Because, someone like Trump does not really care about anything but his vanity and that people like him control things. So he will do whatever it takes to keep that the case including anything certain factions who make up GOP voting blocs want. He has no reason not to.
    All the bullshit about tax cuts for them being good for the economy and “makers” and “takers” is really just a way to put shiny gauze on a really destructive idea that undercuts all things and forward looking, democratic.
    Undercut any promising future.

  • David Greenberg

    Easily the most depressing aspect of all of this is the number of voting age Americans that think he would be suitable to be president of the USA. Now one can see why there are so many late night infomercials hawking horse shit, and how Tammy Faye Baker became famous.

  • Wow, I read the whole article and it is truly damning. Not that it will make a difference to the people who are enamored of the illusion Herr Drumpf has been spinning. And it completely confirms what we suspected, he’s a narcissistic sociopath with a bottomless need for attention.

    Don’t get happy Democratic voters….this only confirms that Hillary MUST win in November.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Don’t get happy Democratic voters

      No kidding. Despite all the “Trump isn’t going to win” articles, including here at The Banter, there is a very real chance that he could.

      Justified or not, there is a deep distrust of Clinton and the same immovable base that lead to Trumps nomination could get him the Presidency if folks get complacent. And all the “impossible for him to be elected” about now is sounding exactly like the “definitely won’t be nominated” from the past year.

      • I totally agree. I told my hubby, “watch Trump end up being the nominee” because I never underestimated the batshittery in the GOP Base. Now I’m saying, “Trump could win in November” because I understand the depth of ignorance and cognitive dissonance that Americans are capable of. We can’t afford to get too fucking happy…we just can’t.

  • muselet

    Schwartz has reportedly directed all royalties from sales of The Art of the Sociopath to the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center.

    See? He’s just after publicity. *sigh*

    This is as good a time as any to unlimber this story from last December. Mark Bowden opens the article thusly:

    I spent a long, awkward weekend with Donald Trump in November 1996, an experience I feel confident neither of us would like to repeat.

    He was like one of those characters in an 18th-century comedy meant to embody a particular flavor of human folly. Trump struck me as adolescent, hilariously ostentatious, arbitrary, unkind, profane, dishonest, loudly opinionated, and consistently wrong. He remains the most vain man I have ever met. And he was trying to make a good impression.

    The Republican nominee for President of the United States, ladies and gentlemen.


    • Christopher Foxx

      He remains the most vain man I have ever met.

      I would love to see Clinton keep poking that vanity during the debates until he melts down on camera and she hits him with a “You’re no John Kennedy”-type closer.