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Donald Trump's Ghost Writer at the New Yorker

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Jane Mayer, New Yorker, July 25, 2016: Donald Trump's Ghost Writer Tells All

    Tony Schwartz is the real author of “The Art of the Deal”, the book that made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.

    I saw Schwartz unload on Trump on the special Bill Maher program last night following the convention. Schwartz spent 18 moths with Trump putting together the script for the book. He regrets how he embellished his boss.

    “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.”

    You can read more about how Schwartz feels about Trump in Jane Mayer's article at the above link.

    Oh and Trump is suing Schwartz for his "tell all".

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Another excerpt from the Mayer/Schwartz article:

    "...Schwartz believes that Trump’s short attention span has left him with “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.” He said, “That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—information comes in easily digestible sound bites.” He added, “I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.” During the eighteen months that he observed Trump, Schwartz said, he never saw a book on Trump’s desk, or elsewhere in his office, or in his apartment. Other journalists have noticed Trump’s apparent lack of interest in reading."

    I think this trait is most evident. Trump lacks any kind of intellectual curiosity. The short attention span would be indicative of that. However, is it more of a symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

    Probably doesn't fit the full stereotype of ADHD, but maybe some of the traits. How else can you explain his total disinterest in learning about the functions of government? It's scary to think he could be president, but I suppose we can draw comfort in having Pence by his side...and his children. Ha! I'm being sarcastic. Don't jump on me Chet.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Keith Olbermann, July 21, 2016: Vanity Fair: Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test?

    Olbermann assesses Trump according to the “The Hare Psychopathy Checklist.”

    Olbermann says Trump does not pass the sanity test. This rather long article is for us wonks that like to delve into the psychiatric profile of Donald Trump. It is not for those who have a short attention span. So I won't be my usual self and start paraphrasing as I would likely be having a conversation with myself.

    But if anyone wants to dig in, I'll have a continuing conversation...I can even argue.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Okay, one more in my conversation with myself. I think Trump is an ESTP.

    Portrait of an ESTP.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Okay, one more in my conversation with myself. I think Trump is an ESTP.

    Portrait of an ESTP.

    Fun to be around? Don't think so. Perhaps his narcissism takes away from that?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Myers - Briggs provides 16 categories or perhaps stereotypes of personality traits. I myself am an INTP, but in reading the criteria it is not a perfect fit...it is the closest fit. What makes categorizing public figures more difficult is that they often have a "public face" and a "private face". Their public image is something that they have to work on to make themselves more appealing to an electorate. How they behave in private can be considerably different.

    However, it can work both ways. Hillary Clinton is a good example of that. From what I have read, the private Hillary Clinton is a more likable warm fun loving person. The public Clinton is more guarded, less likeable, probably from years and years of false accusations and attacks made against her, such as they have done in their Republican hate convention just ended.

    I don't want to make this thread about Hillary Clinton. I just used her as an example of how difficult it is to place people in the Myers-Briggs profiles when they have a public and a private face.

    I put Donald Trump in the ESTP bucket, but I'm happy to have a dialogue on other possible fits.