Mary Trump’s explosive memoir Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man has been released after a long winded legal battle championed by Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert S. Trump. Sales went through the roof.
According to TheWrap, Trump’s unflattering tell-all sold more than 950,000 copies through Tuesday, July 14 — the first day it went on sale — according to publisher Simon & Schuster. That figure — which sets a company record — includes pre-orders and day-of sales of print books, ebooks and e-audiobooks, per a Thursday release. It’s already outselling John Bolton’s memoir about his time in Trump’s White House, also released by Simon & Schuster in June.
After issuing a restraining order against Mary Trump in an effort to keep her from publishing her book, Robert S. Trump sought to file an injunction against her.
On Monday a New York Judge in Dutchess County denied an application for the preliminary injunction Monday.
The injunction would have rested upon a nondisclosure agreement signed by Mary Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, when the estate of her grandfather was settled. The judge has declared that the agreement should have had “more clarity.”
Her book is composed of her own memories, conversations with family members, and legal documents. With her work, the author seeks to reveal her uncle, Donald Trump, as a man “utterly incapable of leading this country”, and maintains “it’s dangerous to allow him to do so.”
In an exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopolous, Mary Trump was asked if she had any words for the President. She answered “Resign.” Watch below:
In her book, the author traces what she sees as a familial pattern of sociopathology influencing Trump and what she views as the root of The President’s pathology. A trained psychologist, she believes Trump’s fragile ego and aggression to be the direct result of her Grandfather’s abusive and self-serving parenting.
“He was incredibly driven in a way that turned other people, including his children [and] wife, into pawns to be used to his own ends,” she has stated. “It’s impossible to know who Donald might have been under different circumstances and with different parents. But clearly he learned the lesson.”
It seems Mary Trump has long held tensions with the rest of her family. According to her book, after her grandfather died in 1999, she learned she and her brother had been cut from his will.
The subsequent lawsuit issued to the family by Mary Trump and her brother eventually reached a settlement. However, she has described that settlement as “unfair”
Mary Trump lost her own father, Fred Trump Jr., in 1981. Fred Trump was Donald Trump’s eldest brother.
The White House has issued its official statement on Mary’s book: “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.”
The statement continued “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.”
Ted Boutrous, Mary Trump’s attorney countered “The court got it right in rejecting the Trump family’s effort to squelch Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern.”
“The First Amendment forbids prior restraints because they are intolerable infringements on the right to participate in democracy. Tomorrow, the American public will be able to read Mary’s important words for themselves.”
Mary has put her own motivation for writing into the following words, expounding upon her own experiences in the Trump family.
“I saw firsthand 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, and it is striking to see that continuing now on a much grander scale.”
Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp said in a statement, “There is only one word that can be used to describe the sales of Mary Trump’s memoir and that word is HUGE. ‘Too Much and Never Enough’ has entered the national conversation in a way that few books ever do, becoming a cultural phenomenon and must-read for anyone seeking to understand the singular family dynamic that produced the most powerful man in the world today. It is at once a revealing psychological portrait and a work of historic importance.”