The hotly anticipated family tell-all book by Mary Trump, the US president’s niece, has managed to sell close to a million copies by the end of its first day alone.
Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, was published on Tuesday and had sold around 950,000 copies by the end of the first day. That figure includes pre-orders, ebooks and audiobook versions of the text.
That figure is a new record for the books publisher Simon & Schuster.
The book talks about describes Fred Trump, father to Donald Trump and Fred Jr – Mary’s father – as a high-functioning sociopathic bully who punished any shre of kindness or empathy to be found in his children, including in the current president.
Despite Fred Trump Jr being the elder brother it was Donald Trump who took over the family property business. Fred Trump Jr eventually developed an alcohol addiction and passed away when Mary was just a child.
A temporary restraining order on Mary Trump was lifted earlier this week allowing her to finally undertake numerous interviews about her book, and more importantly its focal character.
In an interview with the Washington Post she describes the president as “clearly racist”, though that appears to be a trait throughout her wider family with an inherent “knee-jerk anti-Semitism, a knee-jerk racism,” common amongst the Trump clan.
“Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the n-word or use anti-Semitic expressions,” she told the Post.
During an interview with Rachel Maddow Trump was asked if she had ever heard the president himself use racist language. “Of course I did. And I don’t think that should surprise anybody, given how virulently racist he is today.”
Mary Trump even went so far as to call for the president to resign during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. She said he was mentally incapable of performing the duties of his office effectively.
She also disclosed that Maryann Trump Barry, the presidents older sister agreed with her on his inability to do the job. “She very emphatically did not believe it would happen or think it should, because he was a man without principle and no one would vote for him. She was horrified by the white evangelical embrace because she knew he had no deep convictions about religion one way or the other and considered going to church a photo op.”
In her acknowledgements the presidents niece thanks her aunt “for all of the enlightening information”.