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Trump’s only ‘genius’ is his making himself the center of attention: ‘He didn’t hit the brains lottery’

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President Donald Trump is a lifelong one-trick pony who is glaringly out-of-his depth, say former colleagues and supporters in a Washington Post column published Saturday night by Marc Fisher.

Trump freely and openly calls himself a “genius,” as he did last week in his now-notorious “very stable genius” tweet and Fisher said that while Trump has keen instincts, they mostly revolve around his satisfying his constant, voracious need for attention.

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The accusation squares with the needy man-child portrayed in Michael Wolff’s bombshell book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and the man described by The Art of The Deal ghostwriter Tony Schwartz as “a living black hole.”

“In Trump’s vocabulary, ‘genius’ is perhaps the highest praise, and it refers to a street-level ability to get things done. Trump often referred to his lawyer and early mentor Roy Cohn as ‘a total genius’ or a ‘political genius,’ even if he was also ‘a lousy lawyer,’” wrote Fisher. “Trump explained in one of his books that his own true ‘genius’ was for public relations: Rather than spending money on advertising, he said, he put his efforts toward winning news coverage of himself as a ‘genius.’”

The idea of being a Midas-fingered “genius” is absolutely central to Trump’s notion of himself, former executives told Fisher. “Everyone around him learned to cater to that — even his father, who trained Trump to follow in his footsteps as a developer.”

“He never meant ‘book genius’ when he said it,” journalist Tony Benza told the Post. “He means, okay, he didn’t hit the brains lottery, but he’s brilliant and cunning in the way he operates. He’s amazing at taking the temperature of the room and knowing how to appease everyone.”

Fisher wrote that the relentless force driving Trump’s tweets is his “lifelong conviction that he wins when he’s the center of attention” and his belief that he has a special kind of knowledge that enables him to see things that ordinary people cannot.

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Trump is a friendless ‘psychopath’ who now sees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as enemies: Art of the Deal ghostwriter

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Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were nominated by Donald Trump, voted with the majority on Thursday against the president. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” says that the president now views the two Supreme Court justices as his enemies.

“The psychopathy is why he does what he does,” Schwartz told CNN. “He has no conscience and so breaking the law for him is no big deal.”

The Supreme Court rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity, but the rulings may still allow him to keep his financial records secret until after the November election.

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‘Trump may well face charges’ after Supreme Court gave prosecutors access to financial records: Legal experts

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President Donald Trump could potentially face charges after the Supreme Court dealt him a loss in Trump v. Vance .

The ruling gives Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. the go-ahead to subpoena Trump’s accounting firm as part of his investigation into possible tax crimes involving hush money payments to his mistresses, according to attorneys Norm Eisen and Bassetti in Just Security.

"Trump has significant state law criminal exposure in connection with his hush money payments (for which his fixer Michael Cohen has already gone to jail on federal charges) — and more," the pair wrote. "Trump cannot pardon himself for state law offenses on his way out the door. And the Justice Department’s position that a sitting president cannot be indicted does not bind New York state authorities."

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WATCH: Drunk CEO brags about his wealth as he spews racist slurs at California bartender

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During her shift this Tuesday night at a bar in Fresno, California, Rebecca Hernandez found herself on the receiving end of racist slurs from an intoxicated man. Since she was with only one other co-worker in the bar and feared for her safety, she took out her phone and started recording the incident on video.

“You’re a dark-haired dumbass, sand-n****r motherf*cker,” the man said to her.

“You’re going to be on the internet,” Hernandez told the man, who identified himself in the video as Jason Wood.

“No honey, I drive the internet," he responded.

Hernandez posted the video to Instagram, where it's garnered thousands of views.

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