Donald Trump Is Suing His Ghostwriter Because He Hurt His Feelings

"It's nuts and completely indicative of who he is."

by VICE Staff
Jul 21 2016, 1:20pm

'The Art of the Deal' book cover

Earlier this week, Tony Schwartz—the guy who ghostwrote Trump's 1987 bestseller The Art of the Dealtold the New Yorker some less than flattering things about the presidential nominee.

Donald Trump responded like he usually does when someone does something he doesn't agree with: He slapped Schwartz with an angry cease-and-desist letter, demanding Schwartz pay back all the royalties he earned for writing the book.

The New York Times, which got its hands on the letter, reports that Trump asked Schwartz make "written assurances that you will not generate or disseminate any misleading or inaccurate information or make any baseless accusations with respect to Mr. Trump."

"It's nuts and completely indicative of who he is," Schwartz told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Wednesday. "There's no basis of anything legal. I suspect that Donald Trump called up his chief legal officer and said, 'Go after that guy and do whatever you have to do.'"

In the New Yorker interview, which reached an astronomical number of views on the day it was published, Schwartz called Trump a "sociopath" and believes that "if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."

Looks like Trump will have to settle for having his mysterious staffer Meredith McIver do all his ghostwriting from now on.

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