“Unstable and easily manipulated:” The education of the US president shaped his leadership, says his niece Mary Trump

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The niece of US President Donald Trump describes her uncle as “incompetent and in a position he is unable to hold,” and that failure to do his job properly endangers the country’s political stability.Mary Trump, author of the revealing new memoir Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the World’s Most Dangerous Man, describes how a story of family dysfunction turned Donald Trump into a reckless and dangerous person.

She said The stream guest host Mark Kelley who, in addition to being “quite unstable and easily manipulated”, the president’s ability to “destroy alliances, tear up treaties and control a huge nuclear arsenal” made him a “very dangerous leader” “.

Donald Trump lambasted both the book and his niece, saying she “wasn’t exactly a family favorite. We didn’t have a lot of respect or liking for her. I never would have said that except that she’s writing a book that’s so stupid and so vicious and that’s a lie. ”

Mary Trump, who also has a doctorate in clinical psychology, said her uncle’s visceral reaction to his novel demonstrates how “extremely defensive” he is in the face of criticism.

“He didn’t spend time with me when I was a kid, especially after my father died at the age of 16. It says a lot more about him as a human being than it does about me, ”she said.

While never having really spent much time together outside of Trump’s parents’ house, there have been rare moments of generosity shared between family members. Mary describes a case where Trump handed “a few bills” and paid off the debt of having a car towed from downtown New York.

“I explained the situation and he said, ‘Don’t worry, Honeybunch.’ … It was a very simple gesture, he didn’t tell me I was an idiot or anything. And he just took care of that and it was really sweet, ”said Mary.

Author and psychologist Mary Trump says her uncle’s tough and humiliating upbringing shaped her leadership style. (Peter Serling / Supplied)

Father’s inheritance

But those moments of humility and camaraderie were “rare,” and the extent of their relationship did not extend much beyond monetary favors, she said. Mary says this detached relationship was the result of growing up in a “highly regulated” home that lacked “a lot of warmth or affection.”

Trump, for much of his childhood, lived in the shadow of his brother Fred Jr. – Mary’s father – who was the center of their father Fred Trump’s attention as he was destined to take the lead. control of the family empire, she said.

“When my dad became a teenager, my grandfather realized that my dad wasn’t going to be the killer and badass he demanded him to be. He treated him very harshly. My grandfather, as a sociopath, was only really interested in other people as far as he could use them. ”

“Donald saw that… and he learned early on not to be like Freddy. What it meant was: don’t be kind, don’t be generous, don’t have interests outside of the family business, don’t be sensitive. You have to be prepared to cheat and steal or whatever it takes to be a winner because according to my grandfather life was a zero sum game. ”

Mary said her grandfather’s legacy had “deeply, deeply damaged” all of her children “in one way or another.”

In her book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, reveals a number of family secrets. (Simon & Schuster / Supplied)

“It’s one thing if it’s one of your kids, but when all five are [hurt], then this is something that needs to be looked at very seriously, ”she said.

A defining moment in Trump’s childhood, and one that Mary says has been with him her entire life, was when his father spilled a bowl of mashed potatoes over his head at a dinner party with family.

“All his siblings laughed at him and they kept laughing at him. I think it enraged him so much, ”she said.

“His ego is a very fragile thing and it doesn’t really provide an adequate barrier between his insecurities and the real world… And it’s a dangerous thing to humiliate him.

‘End of the American experiment’

Despite a number of Trump family secrets being revealed in this book, Mary says this is by no means an attempt to settle scores.

Instead, she says she wants to inform American voters about her uncle so that they can “make a better decision” in the November election.

She warns that if her uncle were to be re-elected, it would mean the “end of the American experiment”.

“If we look at what has happened over the past three and a half years, I don’t think this is a hyperbolic question. I think there is a lot to substantiate. And I’m not just saying it’s because of Donald. In a way, that’s the least of our problems, ”she says.

“It’s the people who allow it. These are the people who allow him to get away with his blatant behavior so that they can get their agendas fulfilled or get their judges in a particular tribunal. They are prepared to just watch America’s institutions disintegrate before our eyes. “


Written by Adam Jacobson. Produced by Julie Crysler.

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