When entering the frantic world of politics, most people know that they’ll be heavily scrutinized, criticized, and even denounced by political opponents and the news media. For Donald Trump, however, the heaviest criticism is coming from his own family.
Speaking about her influential uncle for the first time since the publication of her explosive new book, Mary Trump tells me in an exclusive interview her message for the president: “Resign.” https://t.co/Gs8ZtOT1LT
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) July 14, 2020
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopolous, the president’s niece Mary Trump did not hold back in her criticism of her uncle, calling him a “petty, pathetic little man.” She decried, as many Americans have, the “lack of accountability” that Trump has faced in office after the Mueller hearings and an impeachment trial, and says that it’s a pattern throughout his life.
According to ABC News:
‘She said that, after being “perverted” by the family’s deep-seated “issues,” her uncle was destined to become a man “utterly incapable of leading this country, and it’s dangerous to allow him to do so.”
‘“I saw first-hand what focusing on the wrong things, elevating the wrong people can do – the collateral damage that can be created by allowing somebody to live their lives without accountability,” she said. “And it is striking to see that continuing now on a much grander scale.”’
Mary Trump says Trump is "a petty, pathetic, little man."
She says he is "ignorant" and "incapable" and "lost in his own delusional spin."
She says he "knows he has never been loved."
She says his reelection "would be the end of American democracy." https://t.co/3gfQ7RYnSH
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 14, 2020
What she could not emphasize enough was his utter ineptitude in office, and as someone who knows his mental capability and character, Mary said that he is far from what the country needs in a leader. When asked what advice she would give her uncle if she could, she said just one word: “resign.”
‘He already seemed very strained by the pressures … and I just remember thinking, ‘He seems tired. He seems like this is not what he signed up for.’
Do you think your niece's book is fair and balanced? https://t.co/35g0KBFF6F
— Madma (@2Madma) July 14, 2020
The president has had little to say about the book and its release, although White House spokespeople have called the book “lies” after swearing they hadn’t even read it yet. The book was a national bestseller well before its release, and no amount of Trump’s attempts to stop the book’s publication has worked. Instead, the Trump team has been on the defensive.
‘The White House on Tuesday referred ABC News to its previous statements about the book. The White House previously said: “Mary Trump and her book’s publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.”
‘”President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people – why speak out now? The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child,” the statement continued.’
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos: "If you're in the Oval Office today, what would you tell [Pres. Trump]?"
Mary Trump: “Resign.”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 14, 2020
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