Niece’s Book Says Trump’s Worldview Is Product Of Childhood Neglect And Trauma
The Washington Post reports that according to a copy of Mary L. Trump’s forthcoming Too Much and Never Enough obtained by the Post, President Donal J. Trump’s worldview was shaped by a desire to avoid the disapproval of his domineering father, Fred Trump Sr.
- Mary Trump’s book is “by turns a family history and a psychological analysis of her uncle.”
- She explains that Donald Trump escaped Fred Trump Sr.’s scorn because “his personality served his father’s purpose. That’s what sociopaths do: they co-opt others and use them toward their own ends.”
- Meanwhile, Mary Trump’s father, Fred Trump Jr., received scorn, ridicule, and disapproval from his father. Fred Sr. would “mock [Fred Jr.] Fred wanted his oldest son to be a killer.”
- And although Fred Sr. “hated it when his oldest son screwed up or failed to intuit what was required of him… he hated it even more when, after being taken to task, Freddy [Fred Jr.] apologized.”
- Fred Jr. also had to work hard to hide his “natural sense of humor, sense of adventure, and sensitivity.”
- Donald Trump, who is about seven years younger than Fred Jr., grew up noticing this, Mary Trump writes. He “had plenty of time to learn from watching.”
- She asserts, “The lesson he learned, at its simplest, was that it was wrong to be like Freddy: Fred didn’t respect his oldest son, so neither would Donald.”
- With this upbringing, Fred Sr. “destroyed” Donald Trump, robbing him of the “ability to develop and experience the entire spectrum of human emotion.”
- Mary Trump shares the family’s “history of family tragedy and division,” the Post notes. In 1981, when she was 16-years-old, her father Fred Jr. died of an alcohol-related disease. When Fred Sr. died in 1999, an inheritance dispute arose when no money was bequeathed to Fred Jr.’s family. The Trumps eventually settled outside of court.
Mary Trump writes,
By limiting Donald’s access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son’s perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it.