The ghostwriter for Donald Trump's signature autobiography, "The Art of the Deal," called the prospect of a Trump presidency "terrifying," in an article published in the New Yorker on Monday.
In tearing down Trump, ghostwriter Tony Schwartz said the American public should not expect a more moderate "private Trump" than the public version they see now. Schwartz shadowed Trump for several months while writing his biography and criticized Trump as uncooperative and manipulative, according to the New Yorker story.
“Lying is second nature to him,” Schwartz said. “Trump stands for many of the things I abhor: his willingness to run over people, the gaudy, tacky, gigantic obsessions, the absolute lack of interest in anything beyond power and money.”
Schwartz told the magazine that he wrote Trump's biography because he needed the money but now regrets it.
“I put lipstick on a pig,” he told the New Yorker.
He also said that he would use the rest of the money he got from the book to help charities in opposition to Trump’s political views such as the National Immigration Law Center.
“The millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them,” Schwartz said.
After learning of the New Yorker article, Trump called Schwartz and criticized him for his lack of loyalty as a writer who has benefited greatly from the Trump name. He also called the New Yorker "a failing magazine that no one reads."
When Schwartz told Trump his disagreed with many of his positions, Trump responded, "That’s your right, but then you should have just remained silent. I just want to tell you that I think you’re very disloyal. Without me, you wouldn’t be where you are now. I had a lot of choice of who to have write the book, and I chose you, and I was very generous with you. I know that you gave a lot of speeches and lectures using ‘The Art of the Deal.’ I could have sued you, but I didn’t."