Tony Schwartz spent quite a bit of time with Donald Trump while working on "The Art of the Deal," and gained valuable insights on the kind of man the New York Republican is. In fact, Schwartz is eager to tell the public about what he learned about Trump after their collaboration.
Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," told MSNBC Wednesday that the Trump campaign sent him a cease and desist letter in response to his comments about the Republican candidate.
Schwartz, a former journalist, was employed by Trump to ghostwrite his memoir in 1987. In an interview with MSNBC, Schwartz described the Republican candidate for president as "having no heart and no soul."
Note, Schwartz recently sat down with the New Yorker to offer his perspective, and a FedEx delivery arrived soon after with a cease-and-desist letter -- a development the author described as "nuts."
"This notion that I didn't write the book is so preposterous," Schwartz added. "You know, I am not certain that Donald Trump read every word, but I'm sure certain that I wrote every word. And he made a few red marks on the manuscript and sent it back to me, and the rest was history. The idea that he would dispute that is part of why I felt I had to come forward. The notion that if he could lie about that he could lie about anything."
Of course, the more Team Trump wants to shut Schwartz up, the more curious I am about what Schwartz has to say.
During the Republican presidential primaries, a variety of candidates, including Ted Cruz, were quite candid in their assessments of Donald Trump. GOP White House hopefuls characterized the television personality as a lunatic con artist, a pathological liar, a cancer on the party, and a racist who lacked the morals, intellect, and character necessary to lead.
But after the primaries, most of these critics decided to support Trump anyway. Ted Cruz, however, did not. The Texas senator, offended not only by Trump's lack of integrity, but also by his attacks on Cruz's wife and father, made clear he would not endorse the Republican nominee.
Team Trump and Republican National Convention organizers took a chance and gave Cruz a prime-time speaking slot anyway. As became painfully clear last night, the gamble did not pay off.
Donald Trump paid a steep price for his brutal insults and outrageous innuendo against his Republican primary rivals Wednesday when Ted Cruz, who placed second behind Trump in the delegate count, refused to endorse the GOP nominee during his nationally televised speech to the party's convention.
The arena rained boos, chants, and jeers on Cruz, widening the Republican Party's cracks into a chasm and completely overshadowing the rollout of Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.
Not since 1964 has a prominent political leader faced intense booing -- in prime time -- at his or her own party's national convention. Then, it was Nelson Rockefeller who endured jeers from Barry Goldwater's far-right supporters as the New Yorker urged his party to push back against the extremists in their midst. (Republicans didn't listen; Goldwater lost 44 states.)
This year, it was Cruz's turn, with the Texan telling his party, "If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience." Convention attendees wanted and expected Cruz to extend his support to the party's nominee, and when he didn't, they turned on him with a vengeance.
It quickly became one of the defining moments of the Republican convention, and easily overshadowed the speech that soon followed -- which was Pence accepting the party's vice presidential nomination.
Whether Cruz's act was noble or disgraceful is a matter of perspective, but it's clear that the senator took a risk of his own by deliberately trying to embarrass his party's presidential nominee at the nominee's own convention.
Rachel Maddow reads a tweeted statement from Donald Trump, his first comment on the booing of Ted Cruz, in which he claims to have seen the speech in advance but didn't care about the lack of endorsement. watch
Jacob Soboroff and Andrea Mitchell describe what it was like on the floor of the Republican National Convention as the mood turned from energized jubilation to rancorous booing at the end of Ted Cruz's speech. watch
An MSNBC panel discusses the acrimonious history between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and the risk the Trump campaign was taking by giving Ted Cruz such an important time slot to address the convention. watch
MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Rick Tyler, former Cruz campaign communications director, react to Ted Cruz's address to the Republican National Convention, which ended to boos as it became clear that Cruz would not offer an endorsement of Donald Trump. watch
Chuck Todd, political director for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about how states with voting populations that are more diverse than average tend to favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, putting her in a good position in many important swing states. watch
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