Trump Says His Mother Is To Blame For ‘The Way I Ended Up’
Asked on Friday for his thoughts on Mother’s Day, President Donald Trump offered a theory on what went wrong in his development: his mother’s adoration. He described her parenting style, saying that she thought he could do no wrong — and said that perhaps the indulgence was to blame for the way he is today.
On Friday morning, in a phone interview on Fox & Friends, Trump pontificated on issues from Michael Flynn to COVID-19 to parenting. Near the end of the conversation (just before the 48-minute mark in the video below), Trump was asked his plans for Mother’s Day. Trump initially rambled off-topic to speak about military equipment. When brought back to the point, though, by a more specific question about what he’d like to say to mothers across the country, the president started talking about his own mother, Mary Trump.
“I had a great mom. I loved my mom and she loved me, which is hard — I must tell you, probably not easy to do but she was so good to me. She was so good — I couldn’t do any wrong, which is a big problem. Maybe that’s why I ended up the way I ended up, I don’t know. I couldn’t do any wrong in her eyes.”
Vanity Fair profiled Trump’s relationship with his mother recently, noting that his biographer, Tim O’Brien, in 2005 had said Trump spoke about his mother only after much prodding, and that his comments about her were “in classic homemaker, sexist terms. He never spoke of her as having an external life in society outside of the house.”
Instead, Trump’s public comments about his parents have usually centered around his father, and specifically his father’s business life. To speak on his mother’s parenting style is fairly unusual. Specifically to focus in on his mother and suggest that his mother’s indulgence of him led to his current personality and behavior, is utterly unprecedented.