Another day, another unflattering tell-all from one of the people who knows Donald Trump best.
There are some juicy excerpts here, but in case you’re short of time, the bottom line is this: Pretty much anyone who knows Trump, has worked with Trump, or has done business with Trump thinks he sucks … hard.
Oh, and he’s a racist.
And a sexist.
And he often has really stupid ideas that his underlings have no choice but to ignore in the hopes that he’ll just forget about them.
In other words, pretty much everything every sane person has come to realize during this nearly four-year Kafkaesque nightmare.
But here are some fun (and by “fun” I mean “horrifying”) excerpts nonetheless, courtesy of Barbara Res, a longtime Trump Organization executive.
The book recounts racist, anti-Semitic and sexist behavior, along with Trump’s ability to lie “so naturally” that “if you didn’t know the actual facts, he could slip something past you.”
Yup, that jibes with everything I’ve seen. Shameless people lie easily and shamelessly.
“The seeds of who he is today were planted back when I worked with him,” Res wrote. “He was able to control others, through lies and exaggeration, with promises of money or jobs, through threats of lawsuits or exposure. He surrounded himself with yes-men, blamed others for his own failures, never took responsibility, and always stole credit. These tactics are still at work, just deployed at the highest levels of the U.S. government, with all the corruption and chaos that necessarily ensue.”
Wow. That’s eerily familiar.
She recalled Trump berating her when he spotted a Black worker on a construction site.
“Get him off there right now,” he said, “and don’t ever let that happen again. I don’t want people to think that Trump Tower is being built by Black people.”
Trump turned red-faced when she brought a young Black job applicant into the lobby of another building, she wrote.
“Barbara, I don’t want Black kids sitting in the lobby where people come to buy million-dollar apartments!”
But wait! Hasn’t he done more for Black people than any president ever? Isn’t he the least racist person you’ll ever meet? I have a hard time reconciling all this conflicting information! Someone must be lying! But who!?!?!?!
Oh and Trump is naturally a big supporter of the little guy. As long as the “little guy” is the Monopoly Man.
Res recalled a lavish “topping out” party in 1982 to celebrate the completion of Trump Tower in New York. Trump persuaded the mayor and the governor to show up but balked at allowing the workers to attend, even though, she writes, such parties are typically thrown to celebrate their work.
“Construction workers? I don’t want the construction workers,” Trump said, grudgingly allowing “just the foreman.”
Oh, and Trump’s people have always had to babysit him:
Trump turned out to be a difficult boss, blaming others for his mistakes, taking undue credit and withholding promised bonuses on a whim. When inspecting Trump Tower during construction, he began screaming at how the marble wrapped around the columns.
“They ruin the atrium and they make me look cheap!” he said.
Trump calmed down when he proposed covering parts of the columns in bronze. Res agreed to the demand but never followed through, and Trump seemed to forget about it.
She called such acts a form of “civil disobedience,” in which staff would agree to Trump’s “harebrained ideas or outrageous demands” but not carry them out.
Oh, and he’s only gotten worse, by the way.
“It’s not hard to look at the trajectory of his entire life and spot an unmistakable pattern: The bigger he got as a name, the smaller he got as a person,” she wrote.
Will this book move the needle? Well, his supporters won’t read it, and we all know he’s a shit, so …
But, hey, in case you needed more proof that Donald Trump is an amoral head cheese, well, here it is.
There’s lots more at the link. Give it a read, kiddos.
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