Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s best-selling book “The Art Of The Deal,” told the New York Times this week he feels “a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”
Now, after going public, Schwartz received a letter from the Trump Organization ordering him to stop talking publicly and return all the royalties from sales of the book.
Appearing on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC, Schwartz said, “It’s nuts, and completely indicative of who he [Trump] is.”
“This notion that I didn’t write the book is so preposterous,” Schwartz said. “I am not certain that Donald Trump read every word, but I am sure certain I wrote every word. And he made a few red marks in 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, Rachel, he could lie about anything.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 21, 2016