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Trump Biographer: No One In Trump’s World Knows How to Tell Him He Lost

Donald Trump has a severely fragile ego. A large reason for this is that he’s been shielded from the truth for his entire life. And anyone willing to tell him the truth didn’t last very long. Just ask James Mattis or John Kelly.

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And now the former president is going through one of the toughest times of his life. He lost the 2020 election by a good margin, the same electoral vote margin he beat Hillary Clinton by in 2016. And according to Michael Wolff, everyone in Trump’s orbit is too afraid to tell him he lost.

The Trump biographer made the comments during an interview with Business Insider. He was asked, “so no one has just gone up to him and said, ‘Sir, you lost this election?'”

Wolff responded:

“Exactly so. You cannot say anything to Trump that he doesn’t want to hear. Everybody knows that. So to do that would mark you as incompetent or a fool or a silly person. It just doesn’t happen.

Now, there’s a set of billionaire types – sort of what passes for friends – who have at least described to me instances in which they have tried to, if not exactly level with him, bring him around to a new understanding. But also the feeling that you come away from those descriptions is that even these people can’t get over the barrier of saying: “You’re an idiot. You’re a fool. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Partly because it would require that kind of extreme language. And, given that he was the president of the United States, and given that everybody knows he doesn’t listen anyway.”

You can read the full interview here



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