Kudos to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker for teasing out this provocative story.
“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
“I put lipstick on a pig,” [Tony Schwartz] said. “I feel 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.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
Phi Beta Iota: Given a choice between an entertaining liar and a proven criminal and probable serial murderer, America is very likely to roll the dice and go with the liar. Chris Hedges nailed it — this is the triumph of spectacle, and Hillary Clinton loses that fight at every level. What no one is examining today is the alternative to the two-party tyranny that represents, at best, 30% of the eligible voters, with a non-party “best in breed” team that executes the ideas Robert Steele developed during his candidacy for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2012 — see those at We the People Reform Coalition.