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‘The lifetime of lies and hideous behavior is finally catching up’: Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz

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Art of the Deal ghostwriter/co-author Tony Schwartz isn’t surprised by the facts included in the book about President Donald Trump by his niece. In fact, it only confirms what Schwartz said he discovered about Trump since they met.

While Schwartz said that he met Fred Trump Sr. in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, he said that he learned about the elder Trump from his son, who “often acknowledged to me that [Fred Trump] was rough and tough and abusive and difficult. He wouldn’t have used the word abusive because he wouldn’t have been comfortable saying that, but it was the impression that I certainly took away.”

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Schwartz said that he wasn’t surprised, because the president’s grandfather was also a questionable man.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who spoke with Schwartz Tuesday, asked how Trump could trick people into thinking he was such a good businessman when he had six bankruptcies for five different companies in his business career.

“It’s back to psychopathy or sociopathy,” said Schwartz. “They are essentially the same diagnosis. And a sociopath has no conscience and has no empathy. That’s Trump. And as a consequence, he could say anything and do anything. His psychopathy made it possible for him to tell a story over and over again that wasn’t true without any guilt or shame until essentially it’s like Humpty Dumpty. You keep pushing and pushing, and finally, we’re seeing him start to go down. I really do see what they would call in psychology a decompensation over the last two months with Trump. He’s lost his political instincts. He’s lost his sense of what will play even for his base or certainly for anybody who’s on the fringe of his base. So, I think Mary Trump is one more nail in the coffin.”

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Morning Joe busts Trump for trying to scam the public with a fake tax cut proposal

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Taking up the executive orders signed by Donald Trump on Saturday, MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out a big loophole in the president's proposal for a tax cut, saying he is hiding the fact that voters will be on the hook for deferred taxes after the election.

After first pointing out the president's contempt for Americans struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the economy.

"It was a huge, gigantic nothingburger when you look through the policies at the end," Scarborough began. "In fact, some of the policies he put forth are going to hurt people, hurt small business owners the most. Again I go back to the payroll tax cuts -- economists, Republicans, Democrats, everybody is opposing this.

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Trump isn’t a king — he may be worse

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With each passing day, it seems, the Trump administration seems intent on replaying the lead-up to the English Revolution.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Like King James I of England (aka James VI of Scotland), Trump believes that he, to quote James' tract of 1598, "The True Law of Free Monarchies," "is above the law," accountable only to God. He asserted in a July, 2019 speech that Article II of the Constitution means "I have to the right to do whatever I want as president." Like James' son, Charles I, who ruled England for 11 years without a parliament, Trump is increasingly governing through executive orders rather than making laws with the House and Senate.

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CNN shows damning supercut of Trump’s failed COVID predictions as US passes 5 million infections

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The United States now has more than 5 million novel coronavirus infections -- and President Donald Trump is still insisting, as he has for months, that the situation is totally under control.

CNN on Monday played a damning supercut of Trump's failed predictions about the coronavirus pandemic, starting as far back as January when he told CNBC that "it's one person coming in from China and we have it under control, it's going to be just fine."

"5 million is not just fine," interjected host John Berman. "And it's 5 million more than the close to zero the president promised in March."

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