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Mary Trump revealed a ‘fundamental truth’: The president was warped by ‘father-son psychodrama’

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Fred (left) and Donald (right) Trump.

On Wednesday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty examined the way presidents have been influenced by their fathers — and how the “father-son psychodrama” that President Donald Trump experienced, according to Mary Trump’s tell-all book, is no exception.

“In her telling, Donald Trump’s character was warped by a desperate desire to win the nearly unattainable approval of his father, Fred Trump Sr. Nothing, including lying or cheating, was considered out of bounds. Mary Trump claims Donald Trump even enlisted a smarter kid to take his SATs for him,” wrote Tumulty. “All of which Mary Trump lays at the feet of her grandfather. ‘By limiting Donald’s access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son’s perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it,’ she wrote.”

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Presidents, she wrote, can often be understood through the prism of how their fathers treated them.

George W. Bush, for example, revered his father and did everything in his power to make him proud — to the point that some wondered whether the Iraq war was motivated by revenge for Saddam Hussein’s threat against his father. Bill Clinton’s ambition and reckless personal behavior, she argued, can be explained by losing his father in a car accident three months before he was born, and understanding he needed to seize life opportunities as they came. Barack Obama, in “Dreams from my Father,” explained how the absence of his father fueled his self-discovery. And Ronald Reagan was influenced by how his father’s alcoholism forced him to take responsibility from a young age.

“What Mary Trump offers in her book, which is a bestseller even before its release, is not so much a revelation about Trump as an explanation,” concluded Tumulty. “The heartlessness she claims was drilled into him as a young man by his father is consistent with what we see every day. So no matter how hard the president tries to deny what she has written (White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany characterized it as ‘a book of falsehoods’), readers will likely see its fundamental truth.”


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Mary Trump sheds light on the president’s bizarre pattern of psychological projection

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President Donald Trump's niece, psychologist Mary Trump, appeared Friday on CNN to discuss her uncle's behavior during the recent president debate.

CNN host Anderson Cooper noted that Tony Schwartz, who is best known for ghostwriting "Trump: The Art of the Deal," has said "that when the president attacks people, the words he uses, the attacks he wages against other people are really things that are true about himself."

The CNN host said a similar dynamic was at play during the final presidential debate when Trump attacked Biden as being part of an organized crime family.

"It is amazing how much projection there is and I don't know if that's the term," Cooper said.

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WATCH: Shep Smith ends his show with a passionate plea to ‘follow the Fauci’ as COVID-19 surges

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New York was hit hard during the initial stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. "We lived the horror of neighbors and friends sick and dying," Smith said.

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Trump gets schooled by a historian for comparing his achievements to Abraham Lincoln’s

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During the final presidential debate on Thursday, President Donald Trump boasted that he had done more for Black Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln. On Friday, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin appeared on CNN and blasted Trump for his remark.

“The most important thing in a time of crisis is for a president to be willing it take responsibility. One of FDR’s aides once said when things are going on right, people don't have to think a lot about the character demanded by the presidency. He can just stay in that old picture frame,” she told CNN host Chris Cuomo.

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