The guy who helped President Donald Trump write his seminal book, The Art of the Deal , said the former reality-TV star will soon leave the White House on his own accord. In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tony Schwartz—who co-authored the 1987 book that helped define the real estate magnate's public image—said he thought the walls were closing in on Trump and he would soon leave office in an attempt to save face. Every tweet Schwartz sent Wednesday was about Trump. "Think of Trump as a toddler w/reactive attachment disorder, and therefore in a permanent virulent tantrum. His development ended at age 7," he posted . He later added, "Remember that every time Trump criticizes and demeans someone he is projecting his deep sense of inadequacy & self-hatred onto others." Later, he wrote in a series of three tweets that Trump's end would come before the year was out. "The circle is closing at blinding speed. Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and … [Read more...] about Donald Trump will resign soon to save face, “The Art of the Deal” co-author predicted
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President Donald Trump's brand is one of his most—if not the most—precious possessions. He puts his name on everything: Trump steaks, Trump golf, Trump hotels, Trump condos, Trump ties and the failed Trump University. Some of these products have been complete flops. But he's recovered from each one, galvanizing his image with The Apprentice reality show. It's difficult, however, to continue trading on a brand if it's been irreparably tainted. The fallout from Trump's comments this week equating the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, with those who opposed them marks a turning point for the president's commercial and political brands, which have become intertwined, branding experts say. It remains to be seen, they say, whether Trump can recover. Still, he did, after all, box his way out of bankruptcy. "I think it's going to frame him historically as aligned with these fringe groups that are not consistent with the character of … [Read more...] about Can Trump’s political and commercial brands ever recover from his Charlottesville comments?
A series of hard-right rallies planned for the coming weeks are under threat of being shut down after a violent white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend left one counterprotester dead. In San Francisco, the U.S. National Park Service said it is deciding whether to pull the permit of a group called Patriot Prayer , which has organized a "Freedom Rally" in the city's Crissy Park below Golden Gate Bridge on August 26. The federal agency, which is responsible for the park, said in a statement Wednesday that it will make its decision within the next seven days based on a "thorough public safety review." The agency said it is receiving a "large volume" of comments from the public about the event, but these must be weighed against "our obligation to uphold one of our nation's most cherished constitutional rights, the First Amendment right to freedom of speech." Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, … [Read more...] about Even President Trump’s Arizona rally has been caught up in efforts to shut down hard-right events
The white supremacist and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, hold vile and abhorrent views, and they should be condemned in the strongest terms by all political, business, and civic leaders. That these poisonous views spilled over into the killing of Heather Heyer shows how odious ideas can metastasize through a crowd. But before hatred manifests into violence, it must first be conceived, processed and perceived in the brain. Understanding the physiological and evolutionary underpinnings of hate within this organ might offer clues as to what drove the protesters in Charlottesville to act in such a repulsive manner. The brain has a " circuit " that activates when it processes hatred. In neuroscience parlance, this circuit is composed of the right putamen, medial frontal gyrus, premotor cortex and medial insula, according to a University College London study , in which researchers scanned the brains of participants as they looked at images of those they professed … [Read more...] about Inside the hateful brain: Charlottesville, Trump and the physiology of loathing