Politico Magazine has pulled together the biographers for Donald Trump on a couple of occasions. All five are in consensus – do not vote for this man. Per Politico, Wayne Barrett, Gwenda Blair, Michael D’Antonio, Harry Hurt and Timothy O’Brien have studied Trump more than anybody and have written an aggregate 2,195 pages in books.
About the man we are seeing in the campaign, “They are not surprised. Trump is who they thought he was. This, they said, is not a show. It is not an act. This is the man they wrote about,” as reported in the article. Further, the biographers said, Trump is “profoundly narcissistic, willing to go to lengths we’ve never seen before in order to satisfy his ego.”
Another key voice is Tony Schwartz who ghost wrote “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s bestseller. As reported in The Guardian. Schwartz’ publisher calls him Dr. Frankenstein because his book gave Trump credibility taking his ramblings and spotty business record and making him look better than he is, thus creating a monster. A quote from Schwartz in the article echoes what the five biographers say above, “He (Trump) is a man who is a chameleon and doesn’t have any core beliefs beyond his own aggrandisement and power.”
From the outset, this man has been a very poor candidate, whose greatest skill is merchandising himself. His history reveals everything one needs to know about his modus operandi of exploiting others through bullying, stiffing people, lawsuits, and threatened lawsuits. As his biographers note, his mentor, attorney Roy Cohn, who also advised Senator Joe McCarthy of communist witch hunt fame, advised Trump to “sue everyone.” That he has done, either initially or in counter suit.
USA Today has updated its earlier report saying Trump has had over 4,000 lawsuits, with 75 still pending as of today. After the election, win or lose, he is facing three class action lawsuits for alleged misrepresentation by Trump University to students and seminar groups. And, he and a less-than-saintly co-defendant have a judicial conference date in December for the alleged rape of a thirteen year old girl. It should be noted that these claims are “alleged” at this point. But given his own comments on the Access Hollywood and on Howard Stern shows (about sexual assault and his proclivity to walk in on undressed beauty pageant contestants, some as young as age 15) and the twelve women who have come forward with sexual assault claims, nothing surprises me about this man.
Trump represents change. I get that. But, please do not mistake that his change will be for the betterment of others. That would be out of character for this man.