Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hollow Man: Trump

There's less to the mind of Donald Trump than you might imagine, which makes him even scarier than you thought.

Jane Mayer, author of "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right", has written a piece for the current New Yorker, a profile of Tony Schwartz, who was ghostwriter for Trump's best-selling "The Art of the Deal."

To call Schwartz ghostwriter understates it. He wrote every word, based on minimal input from Trump. Trump was bored, couldn't stand questions, couldn't be bothered, couldn't sit still. Trump couldn't concentrate, not for longer than a few seconds on any given topic.

This alarmed Schwartz, who regrets his involvement. It should alarm us.

In the case of Trump, less is not more. Less in the case of Trump refers to an  emptiness out of which anything is possible. There's no telling what a President Trump would do.

We've had some bad, some soul-suckingly empty people running for power, sometimes achieving it. We've never until now had the likes of Trump.

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