That "has always struck me as one of the great overlooked jaw-droppers of the scandal-ridden Trump era," Rachel Maddow said on MSNBC Tuesday night. "His older sister, federal Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, really did have to give up her lifetime seat on the federal bench in order to avoid a judicial ethics inquiry into a massive, multi-million-dollar alleged years-long tax fraud scheme that she reportedly engaged in with her family, including with her brother, who is the sitting president. I mean, we don't even think of that as one of the Trump scandals, but, like, that's bigger than any other presidential scandal of my lifetime." Trump Barry denied any willing part in the scheme, Mary Trump writes in her book.
Mary Trump also says her Aunt Maryanne called Donald Trump "a clown" in 2015 and expressed astonishment evangelicals Christians would support her brother, saying, "The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. ... He has no principles. None," CNN's Erin Burnett reported. Trump biographer David Kay Johnston explained why Trump paying someone else to take his SATs is so plausible.
Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox told MSNBC's Brian Williams she thinks Trump will be most upset by his niece's clinical analysis of Trump's relationship with his father, Fred Trump, though overall the book "hits at the specific fleshy part of Trump: the part that is very concerned with the branding of the Trump family and the myth-making surrounding them" and the part that "hates leakers and people who are disloyal to him." Each of those "really irks this president," she said. "Combining the two of them feels potentially explosive to him as he heads into an election year."
Mary Trump definitely provides "a psychological analysis of the president and his father and how he became the type of person that he is," Maddow said, but her "every anecdote" about Donald Trump also highlights "just how easily he lies" and how it appears to brings him pleasure — a quality Maddow found "unsettling" in a president during a global pandemic.
Fox News didn't have much to say about Mary Trump's book Tuesday night. Peter Weber
In her forthcoming book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, President Trump's niece, Mary Trump, writes that her uncle made inappropriate comments about her body and declared that women who refused to date him were "the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he'd ever met."
The Guardian received a copy of Too Much and Never Enough on Tuesday, one week before it is scheduled to be released. Now a clinical psychologist, Mary Trump writes that she once served as a ghostwriter for her uncle. While working on a project together, she writes, Trump provided "an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he'd ever met." Madonna and ice skater Katarina Witt were just two of the women he named, The Guardian reports.
Mary Trump says the president also commented on her appearance, recounting that while at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the 1990s, he saw her in a bathing suit and said, "Holy s--t, Mary. You're stacked." His second wife, Marla Maples, slapped him "lightly on the arm" in "mock horror," Mary Trump writes, adding: "I was 29 and not easily embarrassed. But my face reddened and I suddenly felt self-conscious. I pulled my towel around my shoulders."
The holidays weren't joyful affairs either, Mary Trump writes. During one Christmas, Donald Trump and his younger brother, Robert, berated their mother, Mary MacLeod Trump, for making beef instead of turkey, and she spent "the whole meal with her head bowed, hands in her lap," she writes. Mary Trump also recalled receiving odd gifts from the president and his first wife, Ivana Trump, including a single gold lamé shoe filled with hard candy; she wondered if it was a "door prize or a party favor from a luncheon." Read more at The Guardian.Catherine Garcia