MAry Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The Most Dangerous Man In The World, contains astonishing claims about his uncle, Donald Trump.
Here are eight of the most extraordinary.
Trump would have paid someone to take his high school exams
Trump is proud to be at the Wharton Business School at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. But according to his niece, he got there by cheating – that he “embraces as a way of life”.
Mary Trump writes, “Donald was concerned that his grade point average, which put him far from the top of the class, would spoil his efforts to be accepted. To cover his bets, he called on Joe Shapiro, an intelligent child known for being a good candidate, to take his SAT for him. It was much easier to do in the days leading up to photo ID and computerized records. “
Trump also made his older brother, Mary Trump’s father, Fred Trump Jr, say a good word. As she writes, “Not all of Donald’s machinations were even necessary. At the time, Penn was much less selective than he is today. “
Trump praised his own niece’s breasts
Mary Trump writes about the treatment of women by Donald Trump, including how – when she briefly worked as a negro – he provided “a collection of injured women whom he had expected to date but who, the having refused, were suddenly the worst, the ugliest and the biggest slobs he had ever met ». She understands Madonna and ice skater Katarina Witt as two of the women he named.
The author also says that in the Donald Trump resort of Florida, Mar-a-Lago, in the 1990s, her uncle saw her in a swimsuit and said, “Damn shit, Mary. You are stacked. ”
Mary Trump writes that Trump’s wife at the time, Marla Maples, responded with “simulated horror, slapping him lightly on the arm.”
“I was 29 years old and I was not easily embarrassed,” she writes. “But my face blushed and I suddenly felt embarrassed. I put my towel around my shoulders. “
Donald Trump’s sister appears to be key source
Maryanne Trump Barry retired as a federal judge in 2019, ending an investigation into family tax systems. Mary Trump’s uncle Robert, Maryanne’s brother, tried to stop his niece’s book in court, but in his thanks, the author thanks his aunt “for all the enlightening information.”
Mary Trump details a call from the President to her sister, who told her that her performance in the office was “not so good.” Donald Trump did not take it well, wrote his niece, and began to ignore his sister’s advice.
Mary Trump told The New York Times about Trump family taxes
Mary Trump does not know if her aunt, whom she calls “older, smarter and more accomplished” than Donald, spoke to The Times for her reports on the Trump family’s tax affairs that won a Pulitzer Prize.
She writes that her aunt “knew where the bodies were buried” because she and her brothers and sisters “buried them together”.
But Mary Trump details how she herself came to help the newspaper. She hadn’t wanted to. But one of the journalists, she writes, told her that she had been fortunate enough to help “rewrite the story of the President of the United States,” an offer she decided to make after seeing “Our democracy is falling apart and people’s lives are falling apart because of my uncle’s. Strategies ”.
In a fascinating passage, Trump describes how she obtained and ousted 19 boxes of financial information from Farrell Fritz, and then turned them over.
“The three journalists were waiting for me,” she wrote. “When I showed them the boxes, there were hugs all around. It was the happiest I had felt in months. “
Trump told Melania that Mary Trump had taken drugs
During a Father’s Day celebration at Trump Tower in 1998, while the President was still married to Maples, Mary Trump met her uncle’s new girlfriend, then known as Melania Knauss.
Struck by her silence, she remembers that her uncle Robert Trump had told her that Melania Knauss, then a Slovenian model, had remained silent not because her English was bad, but because she “knows why she is there”.
Donald Trump, writes Mary Trump, explained to Melania how he had hired his niece to write The Art of the Comeback (a project that Mary Trump says she was fired from) because she had her own buyout story “from back from the edge “.
“You dropped out of college, right? She says her uncle asked, adding, “It was really bad for a while – then she started using drugs. “
Mary Trump denied that, she said, but writes that she now understands that her uncle “loved the return stories, and he understood that the deeper the hole you dug, the better the billing for your triumphant return ”.
“He probably believed his version of events,” she writes.
Trump Christmass could be difficult
One year, Donald and his first wife, Ivana Trump, gave young Mary a single gold lamé shoe, the heel filled with hard candy.
“Where did this thing come from?” Writes Mary. “Is it a door prize or a party favor from a lunch?”
“Donald went through the kitchen pantry. Passing me, he asked, “What is it?”
“It’s a gift from you. “
Mary Trump also says that in 1977, when she was 12, her Christmas gift from Donald and Ivana was a $ 12 pack of underwear. Her brother received a two-year-old leather-bound journal. Mary later received a Cellophaned gift basket, “an obvious regift” containing olives and salami but not an obviously removed item, which a cousin said was “probably caviar”.
Family Christmas was fraught with tension, she said, including Donald and Robert berating their mother, Mary MacLeod Trump, for cooking beef instead of turkey.
“Gam,” she writes, “spent the whole meal with his head down, his hands on his lap. “
Jared Kushner’s father didn’t think Ivanka was good enough
In 2009, Mary Trump attended the wedding at Trump Bedminster Golf Course in New Jersey of her cousin Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Kushner is Jewish, and Donald Trump stood “awkwardly in a yarmulke,” she writes. The father of the groom, Charles, delivered a speech in which he declared that Ivanka had only made herself worthy of being included in her family by committing to convert to Judaism.
Mary Trump was not impressed: “Considering that Charles had been found guilty of hiring a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, to record their illicit meeting, then to send the recording to his sister at the party of his nephew’s engagement, I found his condescension a bit offline. ”
Trump’s Character Shaped By “Child Abuse”
Too much and never enough deals with the emotional violence of a household overcome by an absent father and a sick and neglected mother. Mary Trump contends that the many failures of Fred Trump Sr – ultimately, his status as a “high-level sociopath” – weighed heavily on all of his children, including his father Fred Trump Jr, who died of an illness due to to alcoholism in 1981.
“Having been abandoned by his mother for at least a year,” she writes, “and the fact that his father can not only meet his needs, but make him feel safe or loved, valued or reflected, Donald suffered privations that would scare him. life [and acquired] Personality traits [including] manifestations of narcissism, intimidation, [and] grandiosité “.