Tony Schwartz, the man who ghost wrote President Donald Trump’s 1987 “Trump: The Art of the Deal” part-memoir and part-business advice book, said that if he could rename the piece, he would title it “The Sociopath.”
“If I had to rename ‘The Art of the Deal’ I would call it ‘The Sociopath,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening. Speaking about how Trump was able to keep his business failures a secret for so many years, he said, “I think that’s a window into why he doesn’t experience the kind of overwhelm of pressure and tension at the level you or I would because he has no conscience. He has no guilt.
“All he wants to do is make the case that he would like to be true, and while I do think he’s probably aware that more walls are closing around him than ever before, he does not experience the world in the way an ordinary human being would.”
Cooper proceeded to ask Schwartz if he thought that Trump was a sociopath.
“Without any question,” he replied. Not only is Trump characterized by “pathological narcissism,” but also “an element of absence of conscience,” Schwartz said.
He also expressed confidence in the fact that Trump has likely committed tax evasion at some point.
“I’d be willing to bet a lot of money, if I were a betting man, that vast parts of those losses that he claimed that are a part of the $1.1 billion in taxes he avoided, were fake. And they were made up, and they were created precisely to avoid paying taxes that he legitimately owed.”