Tony Schwartz, the man who ghost-wrote The Art of the Deal, told CNN on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to the crisis in Puerto Rico is yet another example of his lack of empathy for other human beings.
Schwartz said that Trump suffers from an untreated psychological disorder, and is unable to actually empathize with other people except in the way that they talk about him personally.
“He’s incapable of comforting,” Schwartz explained during an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “When Donald Trump looks out into the world, what he says is a reflection of himself, and that self he sees is a black hole that is leaking and it’s leaking self-esteem at a very rapid rate. He needs to keep filling it up. The ability to see other people is almost nonexistent.”
Camerota pointed out that Trump seemed to show a great deal more empathy to victims of the massacre in Las Vegas than he did to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico — but Schwartz said that was just superficial sympathy that Trump employed as part of a performance to improve his image after his disastrous trip to Puerto Rico earlier this week.
“When he can be in a position of total and complete authority, then he can put on a show,” Schwartz explained. “That empathy is not empathy he’s feeling from the inside, he’s an actor in that role. In certain situations, when he’s not under a threat he can be an actor.”
Watch the interview below.
Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’
Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.
The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.
"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.
Trump has spent his vacation golfing, watching cable TV — and panicking about a recession: AP
While President Donald Trump has been able to golf frequently while on vacation in New Jersey, he may not return to DC well-rested.
"Trump has spent much of the week at his New Jersey golf club, many of his mornings on the links, his afternoons watching cable television and his evenings calling confidants and business executives to get their take on the market’s volatility," the Associated Press reported Friday.
"Though he has expressed private worries about Wall Street, he is also skeptical about some of the weaker economic indicators, wondering if the media and establishment figures are manipulating the data to make him look bad, according to two Republicans close to the White House, not authorized to discuss private conversations," the AP noted.
Rick Wilsons destroys Trump for ’punitive ‘dickishness’ and ‘performative assh*lery’ on HBO’s Real Time
Republican strategist Rick Wilson slammed the Trump administration on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday.
Wilson is the author of the 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.
The GOP consultant said America needs to replace the "Goddamn oil lobbyist who runs the f*cking EPA right now."
"This is just punitive dickishness by these people," Wilson charged. "They're just doing this to be *ssholes, they want their base to be like, 'we're taking those regulations away."
"It is just performative assh*lery," he added.