In releasing a book designed to maximize sales and political damage to President Donald Trump, his niece, Mary Trump, appears to be part of a well-timed and coordinated political disinformation campaign designed and funded by the opposition -- much like the Steele Dossier. And, like the Steele Dossier, the work product is a similar type of garbage, compiled from open-source news clippings and embellished with speculation and hatred for Trump.
There is no way for me to write a fair review of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man because this book is manifestly unfair to its subject and the author, even though a psychologist, appears to be suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome or, at the very least, a virulent hatred for Donald J. Trump.
All you need to know about this book is contained in the following excerpts...
"Much of this book comes from my own memory. For events during which I was not present, I relied on conversations and interviews, many of which are recorded, with members of my family, family friends, neighbors, and associates. I’ve reconstructed some dialogue according to what I personally remember and what others have told me. Where dialogue appears, my intention was to re-create the essence of conversations rather than provide verbatim quotes. I have also relied on legal documents, bank statements, tax returns, private journals, family documents, correspondence, emails, texts, photographs, and other records.”
“For general background, I relied on the New York Times, in particular the investigative article by David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner that was published on October 2, 2018; the Washington Post; Vanity Fair; Politico; the TWA Museum website; and Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking.”
[OCS: Like one would rely on progressive socialist democrat sources that are little more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party and rabidly anti-Trump? In many cases publishing unconfirmed information and blatant lies.]
"When Donald announced his run for the presidency on June 16, 2015, I didn’t take it seriously. I didn’t think Donald took it seriously. He simply wanted the free publicity for his brand. He’d done that sort of thing before. When his poll numbers started to rise and he may have received tacit assurances from Russian president Vladimir Putin that Russia would do everything it could to swing the election in his favor, the appeal of winning grew."
[OCS: What would any tell-all book be without a reference to the discredited Russian Collusion Hoax that was little more than a Hillary Clinton hit-piece designed to stop candidate Trump, and later, President Trump.]
A little character assassination...
"'He’s a clown,' my aunt Maryanne said during one of our regular lunches at the time. 'This will never happen.' I agreed. We talked about how his reputation as a faded reality star and failed businessman would doom his run. Does anybody even believe the bullshit that he’s a self-made man? What has he even accomplished on his own?' I asked. 'Well,' Maryanne said, as dry as the Sahara, 'he has had five bankruptcies.'"
"We thought the blatant racism on display during Donald’s announcement speech would be a deal breaker, but we were disabused of that idea when Jerry Falwell, Jr., and other white evangelicals started endorsing him. Maryanne, a devout Catholic since her conversion five decades earlier, was incensed. 'What the fuck is wrong with them?' she said. 'The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. It’s mind boggling. He has no principles. None!”
[OCS: If you wonder what side the author is on or her loyalty to the family, it is all spelled-out on the book's pages. And yet, there Trump stands, President of the United States, while Hillary Clinton is a hated unindicted felon who sold out her country to the Russians, among other serious and criminal activities.]
“Nothing Donald said during the campaign—from his disparagement of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arguably the most qualified presidential candidate in the history of the country, as a “nasty woman,” to his mocking of Serge Kovaleski, a disabled New York Times reporter—deviated from my expectation of him. In fact, I was reminded of every family meal I’d ever attended during which Donald had talked about all of the women he considered ugly fat slobs or the men, usually more accomplished or powerful, he called losers while my grandfather and Maryanne, Elizabeth, and Robert all laughed and joined in. That kind of casual dehumanization of people was commonplace at the Trump dinner table. What did surprise me was that he kept getting away with it.”
[OCS: It's those white Christians, evil Republicans, and those other stooges.]
"To this day, the lies, misrepresentations, and fabrications that are the sum total of who my uncle is are perpetuated by the Republican Party and white evangelical Christians. People who know better, such as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell; true believers, such as Representative Kevin McCarthy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr; and others too numerous to name, have become, unwittingly or not, complicit in their perpetuation."
[OCS: Because Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist, does not mean that she is an objective observer without major psychological issues of her own, is bitter that she did not share more fully in the family money, has been left in the darkness, and may be bat-shit crazy when it comes to Donald Trump?]
"None of the Trump siblings emerged unscathed from my grandfather’s sociopathy and my grandmother’s illnesses, both physical and psychological, but my uncle Donald and my father, Freddy, suffered more than the rest. In order to get a complete picture of Donald, his psychopathologies, and the meaning of his dysfunctional behavior, we need a thorough family history."
[OCS: A complete picture? Something you are not likely to get from Mary Trump’s one-sided screed.]
“In the last three years, I’ve watched as countless pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have kept missing the mark, using phrases such as “malignant narcissism” and “narcissistic personality disorder” in an attempt to make sense of Donald’s often bizarre and self-defeating behavior. I have no problem calling Donald a narcissist—he meets all nine criteria as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)—but the label gets us only so far.”
[OCS: taken out of context, the criteria for mental illness contained in the DSM-5 could be manipulated to fit almost every person in the United States.]
"I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, and while doing research for my dissertation I spent a year working on the admissions ward of Manhattan Psychiatric Center, a state facility, where we diagnosed, evaluated, and treated some of the sickest, most vulnerable patients.”
[OCS: Because one is credentialed, does not mean one is without the bitter bias that can turn an individual with minor flaws into a monster -- for fame and fortune.]
“Those experiences showed me time and again that diagnosis doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Does Donald have other symptoms we aren’t aware of? Are there other disorders that might have as much or more explanatory power? Maybe. A case could be made that he also meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, which in its most severe form is generally considered sociopathy but can also refer to chronic criminality, arrogance, and disregard for the rights of others. Is there comorbidity? Probably. Donald may also meet some of the criteria for dependent personality disorder, the hallmarks of which include an inability to make decisions or take responsibility, discomfort with being alone, and going to excessive lengths to obtain support from others. Are there other factors that should be considered? Absolutely. He may have a long undiagnosed learning disability that for decades has interfered with his ability to process information. Also, he is alleged to drink upward of twelve Diet Cokes a day and sleep very little. Does he suffer from a substance- (in this case caffeine-) induced sleep disorder? He has a horrible diet and does not exercise, which may contribute to or exacerbate his other possible disorders.”
"The fact is, Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for. At this point, we can’t evaluate his day-to-day functioning because he is, in the West Wing, essentially institutionalized. Donald has been institutionalized for most of his adult life, so there is no way to know how he would thrive, or even survive, on his own in the real world."
[OCC: Notice, she assassinates Trump's character, not with positive assertions but with generalizations and questions.]
President Trump appears to be doing quite well in the “real world,” accomplishing more than most presidents while being under continual attack by a malignant mainstream media and bitter malcontents like the author. A for the rest of the book -- Yada, Yada, Yada.
My only surprise is why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did not write laudatory “pull quotes” to be included in the book’s front matter? I could understand why they didn’t approach Joe Biden, who appears to have a significant cognitive deficit and has trouble reading the scripted comments placed in front of him by his omnipresent wife.
The author appears to have the same approach as any other progressive socialist democrat writer, compiling and interpreting anecdotes that may or may not be accurate. By all means, purchase the book. You can keep it as a backup for the next toilet paper shortage.
Given the alternative of a dysfunctional, dystopian democrat world, I am convinced that one must re-elect President Trump to staunch the flow of socialism and to preserve the safety and security of America and the exceptional nature of American life.
We are so screwed.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell