In her new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family created the most dangerous man in the world, Mary Trump, the President’s niece, describes a series of family conflicts that she never wanted but could not escape.
There was the “sociopath” tyranny of his grandfather, the alcoholism of his father and his uncle, Donald’s, relentlessly pushing for more: more family money, more family history, more power, more fame.
Sometimes conflicts exploded. Shortly after his father, Fred Trump Jr, the president’s older brother, died of complications from alcoholism in 1981, Donald Trump pressured his father, Fred Trump, a wealthy real estate developer, to sign control of his fortune.
The patriarch refused, but after his death, Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, sued on behalf of their family for what Fred Trump had left.
“Given this family, it would be completely naive to say that it has nothing to do with money,” he told the New York Daily News at the time. “But for me and my brother, it has much more to do with our father being recognized.”
Now it is the turn of recognition of Mary Trump. The charges in his book – that the abuse of Fred Trump “short-circuited Donald’s ability to develop and experience the full spectrum of human emotions” – and that “Donald suffered deprivations that would scare him for life” – reflect his background as doctor in medicine. Clinical psychology.
But scenes that capture an incredibly low opinion of the president by those who know him best: “He’s a clown,” former federal judge Maryanne Trump Berry, the president’s sister, is quoted as also reflecting what may be the most underlying background. influential. for Mary, as a member of a family whose psycho-dramas and -traumas, she says, have now been broadcast across the country.
This is how she remembers the night of the 2016 election: “I was wandering around my house, as traumatized as many other people but in a more personal way: it seemed that 62,979,636 voters had chosen to turn this country into a macro version of my malignant dysfunctional family . “
Mary Lea Trump, 55, was born in 1965 to Fred Trump Jr, an airline pilot, and Linda Lee Clapp, a flight attendant. Growing up in New York, she earned a master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University before earning a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2009 from Adelphi University in New York City, with a thesis titled “A Characterological Assessment of Victims of harassment. “
She may seem haunted by her father’s death, remembered as a generous and sensitive figure who worked as a commercial airline pilot before succumbing to a heart attack at age 42. She paints him as a victim of pressure to act in the family business, applied by Fred Trump and Donald Trump, who has admitted the same thing in interviews over the years.
“Maybe it was my fault and maybe my father’s fault for taking him to business because he wasn’t good at it, because he didn’t like the business,” Trump told CBS News in 1990 about Fred Jr. Trump said his brother “He he gave other people … I tend to be the opposite. “
After the lawsuit for the Fred Trump fortune brought by Mary and Fred III, Donald Trump tried those words, withdrawing health coverage for Fred III’s son, William, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and drawing a strange public rebuke from Mary . “William is my father’s grandson,” he told the Daily News. “He is as much a part of that family as anyone else. He desperately needs extra care. “
On her Twitter account, Mary Trump has alternated between telegraphing her politics, bringing “Black Lives Matter” street art and a pro LGBTQ + rainbow flag to the forefront, and sharing photos of cats. Prior to the publication of her book, she had no meaningful story of publicly confronting her uncle, or other family members caught up in what she paints as an endless and inevitable power struggle.
But about a year after Trump’s presidency, she took a private step that produced one of the most damning reports about Trump: a New York Times investigation that revealed Trump had received “at least $ 413 million in today’s dollars from his father empire’s real estate, largely through tax evasion in the 1990s. ”
“I saw in real time how Donald was destroying the rules, jeopardizing alliances and trampling on the vulnerable,” wrote Mary Trump of her frustrations with the Trump presidency. “The only thing that surprised me was the growing number of people willing to enable it.”
When news of his next book surfaced, Donald Trump told Axios “he is not allowed to write a book” pursuant to a settlement in his lawsuit with his brother about the inheritance of Fred Trump.
But more than 20 years ago, when Donald Trump was trying to renew his brand after a series of casino bankruptcies and commercial defeats, the future president would turn to Mary Trump to do exactly that, hiring her to write ghost The Art of the Comeback.
It was in that capacity that Mary Trump had one of the strangest interactions with her uncle, 20 years her senior. She was wearing a swimsuit at Mar-a-Lago when she remembers saying, “Shit, Mary. You are stacked.
Elsewhere in her book, Mary Trump recalls talking about Princess Diana’s funeral with Mary Anne Macleod Trump, the President’s late mother, who “said with some vehemence: ‘It is a shame to let little fagot Elton John sing in the service. ‘”
Mary Trump decided not to tell her great-aunt, she writes, that she was “living and committed to a woman.”
When asked to comment on the book on behalf of the President, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday: “I have yet to see the book, but it is a book of falsehoods.”