Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Says The President’s In ‘Pure Terror’

He’s not predicting a happy ending for Trump’s reign

In 1987, Donald Trump gained widespread notoriety after the publication of his blockbuster autobiography / business-advice book, Trump: The Art of the Deal. The book was attributed to both Trump and writer Tony Schwartz, but Schwartz claims that Trump didn’t actually write any of it. Sine Trump’s ascendancy to the White House, Schwartz has come to regret having played a part in fueling the president’s success. But his experience writing the book gives him unique insight into the mind of the nation’s leader.

Recently, Schwartz appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 to share his thoughts on the president’s current mental condition. Trump’s young administration is under intense scrutiny for its questionable and potentially treasonous relationship with Russia. “There is no right and wrong for Trump — there’s winning and losing,” Schwartz told Cooper. “And right now, he is in pure terror that he is going to lose.” Schwartz’s insight is bolstered by recent reports that Trump has been throwing tantrums and berating his White House staff.

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According to Schwartz, Trump’s relationship with his father fostered a win-or-lose attitude toward life versus a right-and-wrong moral compass most people develop with age. “He lacks the qualities you generally see in someone as they mature, as they grow more secure,” Schwartz said. “He lacks empathy—the ability to really connect with other people—self-awareness, and, above all, a conscience.”

Schwartz believes that Trump will eventually resign to avoid further humiliation and the definitive loss that comes with impeachment. “I surely believe that at some point over the next period of time he’s going to have to figure out a way to resign,” Schwartz said. He predicts that Trump will “figure out a way, as he has done all his career, to turn a loss into a victory, so he will declare victory when he leaves.”

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