In an interview with Business Insider, Mary Trump claimed the loss of Twitter privileges by her uncle Donald Trump -- along with having the PGA strip him of hosting their championship in 2022 -- are likely eating at the president more than losing re-election to now President Joe Biden.
According to his niece, who is suing him for financial fraud, Trump "didn't care about politics" but loves being the center of attention.
"I think that being banned from Twitter and having the PGA take their tournament away from his golf courses are probably the worst things that have happened to him in the last four years," she explained before adding, "How is he managing without Twitter? Because even he must realize that people really aren't paying attention to him in the same way."
According to his niece, Trump's only lifeline keeping him from becoming yesterday's news is his battle for control of the Republican Party as he fights with the various arms of the GOP's fundraising apparatus.
"Clearly, this stuff with the Republican party is helping him because imagine if he didn't have that. If he had become as irrelevant as every other person who loses an election becomes, then I think his mental state would be much different," she suggested.
Her comments echo observations made by the New York Times' Maggie Haberman who wrote, "He's angry about impeachment, people who have spoken to him say. But the reaction to the PGA decision was a different order of magnitude."
As for Mary Trump, she added that she doesn't see her uncle mounting a 2024 run, given his aversion to governing, but that the hints at running is keeping the cash flowing.
"It's all about maintaining the grip on power. He thinks on some level it's going to allow him to continue to operate with impunity as he has done his whole life, and also it's going to allow him to keep grifting money off of people," she explained.
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