After a bombshell New York Times report uncovering nearly a decade worth of President Donald Trump’s tax transcripts from 1984 to 1995 revealed that Trump had lost a total of nearly $1 billion, many people’s suspicions that Trump isn’t the brilliant businessman he claims to be were confirmed.
The ghost author of Trump’s business how-to book Trump: The Art of the Deal is adding fuel to the fire. The journalist and author Tony Schwartz has spoken out against Trump multiple times before, but in light of the new reports, he’s discrediting the book he wrote as well—calling for it to be taken out of print or recategorized as fiction.
Given the Times report on Trump's staggering losses, I'd be fine if Random House simply took the book out of print. Or recategorized it as fiction.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) May 8, 2019
During the 2016 election, Trump said that The Art of the Deal was “the best-selling business book of all time.” Like many of Trump’s claims, that turned out not to be true.
Other critics of Trump were quick to agree with Schwartz.
or change the title to art of the con or art of the spiel?
— jay sea (@cosmicfirepeace) May 8, 2019
— Judith Larmore (@larmore_judith) May 8, 2019
It should in fact be retrospectively awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a work of fiction.
— Patrick O'Donnell-Irish & pro EU, USA yes Trump no (@patrick1386) May 8, 2019
Reclassify as Fantasy, Young Adult.
— Joel P Friedman (@GreyBirdMuse) May 8, 2019
Some questioned Schwartz about his role in perpetuating the perception of Trump as a successful businessman despite being in mountains of debt.
I believe your remorse, but did you not see evidence of this as you were writing his book? I have not seen where you have addressed this so if you have, my apologies in advance.
— Mystery (@Misstereon) May 8, 2019
Honest question: how do you square helping this crook pull off looking the way he did?
— SameNurseDifferentDay MSN, RN, CLC 👩🏼⚕️🏥💉❤️ (@asthehosptuRNs) May 8, 2019
So you had no idea about these losses?
— Victoria Looseleaf (@looseleafreport) May 8, 2019
Schwartz directed them to this article.