Mary Trump, the niece of former US President Donald Trump, has said in a new interview she is thinking about changing her surname to sever ties with her family.
Mary said: “The damage Donald has done to this country is incalculable. We’re just waiting to find out how much is irreparable.”
She has previously said she believes the former president is a “sociopath” and a “narcissist”.
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Last year Mary published Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man. The tell-all book focuses on the dynamics of the Trump family, claiming Mr Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr, was himself a high-functioning sociopath who encouraged a “killer instinct” in his children. She also alleged he discouraged his children from displaying any kind of emotion.
Mary’s father was Mr Trump’s oldest brother Fred Trump Jr who died of alcoholism at the age of 42.
Mary stressed in the new interview the former president had no capability to “become presidential” during his four years in the White House. She said it was important to stress “how incapable of change” Mr Trump is.
“With COVID, for example, he would only have had to show some empathy and wear a mask. That’s it,” she said.
She claimed the refusal to wear a mask was in part about his vanity.
“But also about a refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of something that was bad, negative, a disease.
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“Donald didn’t want to be associated with those things. And whilst I wasn’t surprised by anything he did – not the building of walls and cages – even I still can’t quite believe that Donald decided to politicise mask wearing.”
Last year Mary told 60 Minutes she’d decided to speak out about Mr Trump because there was “too much at stake” for her to stay silent.
“It’s forcing the media to have a conversation, that they’ve never wanted to have, and never have had, which is about Donald’s psychological health,” she said.
The White House at the time labelled the claims a “book of falsehoods”.