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Fri May 10, 2019, 11:55 AM

Trump is a moron fixated by fabric swatches.

Trump, the billion-dollar loser — I was his ghostwriter and saw it happen

Charles Leerhson
Yahoo.com, May 9, 2019

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I tend to see my time with him — the first part of it, anyway, before things started going bad in a hurry — as his “King Midas” period. I never said this to him; if I had, he probably would have thought I was suggesting he enter the muffler business. But there was a stretch of months when everything he touched turned into a deal. The banks seemed to accept the version of him depicted in his first book, “The Art of the Deal,” which we now know from his previous ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, was entirely invented. They believed it over what they saw on his balance sheets or heard coming out of his mouth, and they never said no to his requests for more money. Often they came up with things he could say yes to before he could think of them himself. As a result, a failing real estate developer who had little idea of what he was doing and less interest in doing it once he’d held the all-important press conference wound up owning three New Jersey hotel-casinos, the Plaza Hotel, the Eastern Airlines Shuttle and a 281-foot yacht.

A real go-getter, right? But Trump’s portfolio did not jibe with what I saw each day — which to a surprisingly large extent was him looking at fabric swatches. Indeed, flipping through fabric swatches seemed at times to be his main occupation. Some days he would do it for hours, then take me in what he always called his “French military helicopter” to Atlantic City — where he looked at more fabric swatches or sometimes small samples of wood paneling. It was true that the carpets and drapes at his properties needed to be refreshed frequently, and the seats on the renamed Trump Shuttle required occasional reupholstering. But the main thing about fabric swatches was that they were within his comfort zone — whereas, for example, the management of hotels and airlines clearly wasn’t. One of his aides once told me that every room at the Plaza could be filled at the “rack rate” (list price) every night, and the revenue still wouldn’t cover the monthly payment of the loan he’d taken out to buy the place. In other words, he’d made a ridiculous deal. Neither he nor the banks had done the math beforehand. Or perhaps Trump knew it because someone had told him, but didn’t want to think about it. The one thing he is above-average at is compartmentalization.

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https://news.yahoo.com/trump-the-billiondollar-loser-his-ghostwriter-recalls-the-king-midas-years-090000640.html

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Reply Trump is a moron fixated by fabric swatches. (Original post)
Kid Berwyn May 2019 OP
Faux pas May 2019 #1
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #3
nolabear May 2019 #2
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #6
nolabear May 2019 #20
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2019 #4
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #14
DemocracyMouse May 2019 #19
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #23
Blue Owl May 2019 #5
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #16
DemocracyMouse May 2019 #21
rusty fender May 2019 #7
mopinko May 2019 #8
rusty fender May 2019 #9
brush May 2019 #10
rusty fender May 2019 #13
brush May 2019 #15
rusty fender May 2019 #40
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #38
CatMor May 2019 #11
Kid Berwyn May 2019 #39
Harker May 2019 #12
nolabear May 2019 #22
Harker May 2019 #37
SWBTATTReg May 2019 #17
yaesu May 2019 #18
Bernardo de La Paz May 2019 #24
pdsimdars May 2019 #25
Vinca May 2019 #26
sprinkleeninow May 2019 #32
sprinkleeninow May 2019 #27
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2019 #29
sprinkleeninow May 2019 #31
sprinkleeninow May 2019 #33
dewsgirl May 2019 #28
Wounded Bear May 2019 #30
TheBlackAdder May 2019 #34
UTUSN May 2019 #35
TheBlackAdder May 2019 #36

Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:14 PM

1. Kicketty Kickin'

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Response to Faux pas (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:17 PM

3. Hours flipping through textile swatches. Sometimes, wood.

Imagine what he would be now if he could read?

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:15 PM

2. I figured he'd be obsessed with matching carpets and drapes.

I couldn’t stop myself.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:26 PM

6. Ha!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #6)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:10 PM

20. Great article. And right on point as to what the con is doing.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:17 PM

4. Maybe we should send him fabric swatches and wallpaper samples

to keep him out of trouble and occupied, like a golden retriever with a pile of tennis balls.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:57 PM

14. Overwhelmed by choices might freeze his Twitter.



Great idea! Good for the nation and planet.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #14)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:08 PM

19. Those are a terrible set of pattern choices!

And evidently, so were Trump's favorite fabrics. If he had been good at it, maybe he could have broken even by attracting more people to his establishments.

Don't knock aesthetics unless you want your own operations to tank. One reason Starbucks took off, DESPITE lousy coffee, was the interior design and lighting. The truth is, Trump had no soul and therefore ZERO sense of beauty.

Don't mock the monster for having anything to do with good design. Mock Trump for his LACK of skill in fabric choices, not to mention inability to delegate that job to a professional designer.

But if you all keep mocking fabrics you will be visited by dragons 🐉.... and the ghosts of thousands of years of textile guilds.

Where did you all go to school? The USA?

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Response to DemocracyMouse (Reply #19)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:27 PM

23. Outstanding analysis.

Design is a very important component of our world’s aesthetic.

Components of aesthetic experience: aesthetic fascination, aesthetic appraisal, and aesthetic emotion

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3485814/

Spot-on about those swatches above, too. They are dreadful.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:26 PM

5. Functioning at a Fisher-Price level

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #5)

Fri May 10, 2019, 01:02 PM

16. Normal children are curious.



This guy seems deranged in ways that seem beyond our science.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #16)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:12 PM

21. It's not so mysterious. He was spoiled. Spoiled rich kids with a chip on their shoulder are...

...the worst.

What was Trump's insecurity? He was the son of an immigrant and the son of parents who were unable to give love. They only bought tokens of love.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:32 PM

7. Even back in the '90s, when he still had most of his

faculties, he was uninterested in the actual mechanics of running a business. All he cared about was getting the credit for any success, cared only about veneers; as shallow as a sidewalk puddle

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #7)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:38 PM

8. i'm not sure he still had it in the 90's. cocaine is a hell of a drug.

at the very least, this is the point where his brain so clearly started to atrophy.
i saw this and realized this is why there was NEVER going to be a pivot. his brain is too rigid to pivot.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #8)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:43 PM

9. I was going to write, "supposedly had all his faculties"

I opted to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he doesn’t deserve it.

Thanks for pointing that out

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #7)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:45 PM

10. "...as shallow as a sidewalk puddle."

Hahahahahahahahaha! What a great line, and so accurate.

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Response to brush (Reply #10)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:48 PM

13. Thanks!

I couldn’t think of anything shallower

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #13)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:57 PM

15. You have a gift for turning a phrase. Are you a writer

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Response to brush (Reply #15)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:27 AM

40. No

You are too kind

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #7)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:04 AM

38. "As shallow as a sidewalk puddle."

Absolutely true and deep. And today the demented imbecile is president of the United States, driving the nation to total ruin like one of his bankrupted Atlantic City casinos.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:47 PM

11. I want him to keep his hands off changing ...

our White House. I still get furious with the thought of him and his grifter family in the White House. It seems unreal that it happened.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #11)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:12 AM

39. Surreality that has yet to set in.



It’s like we’re all Gregor Samsa now.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 12:48 PM

12. The swatches hold his folded face to the floor

and every day the decorator brings more...

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Response to Harker (Reply #12)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:12 PM

22. Now he's in MY head.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #22)

Fri May 10, 2019, 09:14 PM

37. Mine, too...

but I'm getting the eviction papers ready.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 01:02 PM

17. The biggest loser indeed...nt

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 01:59 PM

18. and he's fixated on grabbing stuff to. nt

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 02:29 PM

24. All style, no substance. All hat, no cattle. . . . nt

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 03:01 PM

25. You had me at "Trump is a moron" . . .

 

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 03:04 PM

26. He's probably still looking at fabric swatches by the hour -

in between tweeting on the toilet and picking his nose.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #26)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:37 PM

32. He pickin' swatches an' other stuff...🤤

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 03:08 PM

27. It's low of me. Why did seats need continual re-upholstering?

Stains not coming out? 🤔

Stains were coming out alright. 😧🤣

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #27)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:09 PM

29. I'll bet the chair behind the Resolute desk needs reupholstering on a daily basis.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #29)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:36 PM

31. Icky poo-poo. 😷

🤣

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #29)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:41 PM

33. 'Resolute'. I like that term.

But it's resisting/repelling this ********.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 03:12 PM

28. When he first moved into the WH, I remember something

About him showing everyone that came through different interior decorating options, he was very happy and proud.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:29 PM

30. Our "President" is a frustrated interior decorator?

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 06:32 PM

34. Welcome to DU!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 08:11 PM

35. K&R

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 08:12 PM

36. Donald Trump -- The Original Swatch Watch

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