3 Important Quotes From Mary L. Trump’s Tell-All Book

Because we can’t let history repeat itself

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No matter what political party you identify with, I think we can all agree on one thing: no one was expecting Donald Trump to win the 2016 election. An ex-reality TV star and a fraudulent “businessman”, Donald Trump is just not fit to be a president. He is an incompetent man for a job that requires someone of composure, patience, intelligence, and empathy. You don’t need to be Einstein to see that he possesses none of the qualities that are crucial to the role he has somehow managed to win.

Mary L. Trump, the daughter of late Freddy Trump, Donald Trump’s older brother and the oldest son of Fred Trump, risked her privacy, reputation, and relationships to give this book to the world. But in doing so, she has let the rest of the world in on some of the darkest secrets the Trump family has hidden for years and the scandals that have arisen because of them. If you have yet to read the book Too Much and Never Enough, here are some excerpts that I deemed as the most enlightening.

Quote #1:

“Despite her status as a domestic servant, as a white Anglo-Saxon, Mary would have been allowed into the country even under her son’s draconian new immigration rules introduced nearly ninety years later.”

This excerpt comes from the first chapter, “The House”, on page thirty. To give some context, this sentence is referring to Donald Trump’s mother, Mary, who had immigrated to the U.S from Scotland. This is an important part of the book, because already early on into reading the book, the reader is introduced to Donald’s irony.

On the White House’s website, under the immigration tab, it states how “the President supports ending chain migration”, yet this is the exact way his own mother was brought into the U.S.

If it weren’t for chain migration, Donald Trump wouldn’t have even been born.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, Donald’s administration has “Banned nationals of eight countries, most majority-Muslim, from entering the United States”, and “Ended the designation of Temporary Protected Status for nationals of Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, and signaled that Hondurans and possibly Salvadorans may also lose their work authorization and protection from removal in 2018.”

Donald Trump does not care about protecting our country, his only concern is making the lives of people who aren’t the same skin color as him unfair, and unjust.

Quote #2:

“The lesson he learned, at its simplest, was that it was wrong to be like Freddy: Fred didn’t respect his oldest son, so neither would Donald. Fred thought Freddy was weak, and therefore so did Donald.”

This excerpt comes from the second chapter, “The First Son”, on page forty-two. Freddy, referring to Fred Trump Jr., Fred Trump’s oldest son, had received the “too much” of abuse the title of the book had been referring to. Freddy was Fred’s heir and was expected to take over the Trump business when Fred died. In an effort to prepare Freddy for this daunting task, he ridiculed him any way he could. It was the only way Fred knew of or trusted, to improve Freddy as a businessman. Donald took notice of this.

While Donald was being neglected by his father, he was at the same time observing, whether intentionally or not, the right things to do to impress his father, and the wrong things that would cause humiliation caused by the latter.

Donald Trump was never taught what was wrong or what was right.

In a way, Donald’s whole life had been a type of “monkey see, monkey do” situation. He had only ever known what not to do, what business moves not to make or things not to say, because he learned from his older brother’s mistakes.

As a child, he hadn’t been taught the morals behind what made something wrong and what made something right. But because Donald had watched his older brother be humiliated by their father at an early age, he had still been under the naive impression that their father’s way was the right way.

In turn, Donald’s only concern was making his father proud, and because he was never taught morals and ethics, he didn’t see any problem with the things he did to get that approval from his father.

Quote #3:

“Unable to accept responsibility, much as Donald would later be, Fred blamed Freddy for the failure of Steeplechase. Eventually, Freddy blamed himself.”

This excerpt comes from the fifth chapter, “Grounded”, on page seventy-four. Again, to provide some context, Steeplechase Park had been “one of three iconic amusement parks in Coney Island”, according to Mary L. Trump. Fred Trump had purchased Steeplechase Park shortly after Freddy ended his short-lived pilot career. Freddy had disappointed his father by abandoning the mold he had created and expected Freddy to fit into: working at Trump Management. Freddy could no longer endure the psychological stress his father had put on him, as any human would not be able to, so he left Trump Management to become a pilot. This was the most despicable act that could have been committed in the Trump family.

Fred went as far as to call Freddy a “glorified bus driver”.

Developing Steeplechase Park would turn out to be a massive project. Freddy was eager to put his flying-career in the past, and Fred knew this. Freddy wanted to be on good terms with not only Trump Management, but also his father. Fred knew that the future of Steeplechase was not looking bright. Trump Management had been “struggling to get the approvals and zoning it needed to move ahead.” Fred could not risk damaging his reputation, so he made a smart, yet hostile business move, “he made Freddy responsible for the near-impossible: making Steeplechase a success.”

Donald witnessed all of this, and it taught him one thing: owning up to your mistakes is equivalent to failure. Donald’s father had never taken responsibility or accountability for any of his errors, faults, or failed successes. Mary L. Trump said it perfectly on page 208,

“The irony is that his failure to face the truth has inevitably led to massive failure anyway.”

Donald Trump grew up in a bubble, as I imagine most wealthy people do, but the one he grew up in was much more damaging. The only world he has ever known is one where everything is handed to him, and he is bailed out of situations where he caused harm, no matter what. This man with the mindset of a child is barely cut out for the real world, let alone running a country of hundreds of millions of people.

creative writing major at emerson college, based in boston & philly, they/them

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Annalisa Hansford

Annalisa Hansford

creative writing major at emerson college, based in boston & philly, they/them

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