Quote of the day: The Art of dealing with remorse

From an interview by New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer of Tony Schwartz, the man who ghost wrote Donald Trump’s infamous The Art of the Deal:

“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”


“Trump has been written about a thousand ways from Sunday, but this fundamental aspect of who he is doesn’t seem to be fully understood,” Schwartz told me. “It’s implicit in a lot of what people write, but it’s never explicit—or, at least, I haven’t seen it. And that is that it’s impossible to keep him focussed on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then . . . ” Schwartz trailed off, shaking his head in amazement. He regards Trump’s inability to concentrate as alarming in a Presidential candidate. “If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time,” he said.

And Mayer writes that when asked about Trump’s claims that The Donald himself wrote the book Howard Kaminsky, head of Random House at the time The Art of the Deal was dealt, “laughed and said, ‘Trump didn’t write a postcard for us!’”


3 responses to “Quote of the day: The Art of dealing with remorse

  1. So why isn’t Schwartz going on talk shows now, to set the story right? Did he only take his sense of remorse to the bank?

    • The New Yorker doesn’t pay interview subjects. As for talk shows, I imagine they’ll be coming, since the New Yorker interview was just posted today.

      • In any case, thanks for making me aware of who the ghostwriter was. I believed from his comparatively inferior verbal syntax that Trump was not likely to have written the book himself, but never knew who had.

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