Former President Donald Trump’s estranged niece, Mary Trump, says he has the character of a fascist chief.
Chatting with Insider following the discharge of her new e book, “The Reckoning: Our nation’s trauma and finding a way to heal,” the 56-year-old psychologist defined why she thinks that the previous president is a “born autocrat.”
“He’s a fascist,” she mentioned through the interview. “However he in all probability would not know what fascist means.”
“He thinks he deserves all the facility on this planet simply due to who he’s,” she mentioned. “In his thoughts, he is all the time on the heart of the universe and thinks he ought to be deferred to though he is ignorant, the weakest, and the least intellectually curious particular person I’ve ever met.”
The New York Occasions bestselling writer, who has lengthy been fiercely critical of her uncle, instructed Insider that historical past exhibits he prefers coping with authoritarian strongmen over these “prepared to interact in diplomacy.”
“The one factor that issues to him is what he views, in his thoughts, to be energy,” she mentioned. “I suppose his definition of energy is being merciless and disruptive as potential and getting away with it on a regular basis.”
Mary Trump mentioned that her uncle is unimpressed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and locations larger worth on the opinions of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un.
In April 2020, the previous president defended his shut relationships with each leaders. “I received alongside nice with President Putin. I appreciated him. He appreciated me,” he instructed Fox News. “[Kim Jong Un] writes me letters. I like him. He likes me,” he additionally mentioned within the interview.
Mary Trump added that that is typical of the person she has recognized all her life. “He’s so needy. He raises anyone who places him on a pedestal,” she mentioned. “Regardless of how unhealthy they’re.”
She went on, the previous president’s recent praise of the Taliban as “good fighters” and “nice negotiators” is emblematic of his tendency to curry favor with despots. “It is simply one other model of him saying, ‘there are very fine people on both sides,'” she mentioned.
Mary Trump’s newest e book, “The Reckoning: Our Nation’s Trauma and Discovering a Manner To Heal,” was revealed in August by St. Martin’s Press.