In her first book, last year’s bestselling “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Mary Trump detailed the history of what she called her “malignantly dysfunctional” family shaped by her late grandfather and Trump patriarch Fred Trump, whom she went as far as to diagnose a high-functioning sociopath. It drove the eldest son and Mary Trump’s father, Freddy Trump, to alcoholism and early death.
Now Mary has followed that with a new book that looks into not just her own reaction to her uncle’s time in the White House, but also how it impacted the nation’s collective psyche. In her new book, “The Reckoning: Our Nation’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal,” she writes of learning he’d won: “On the gloomy morning following Election Night 2016, I wrote down the following: ‘demeaned, diminished, debased.’” Shortly after her uncle took office, Mary Trump writes she spent a few weeks at a treatment center in Tucson, Arizona, “trying to figure out why my uncle Donald’s elevation to the White House had so undone me.”
Mary lays bare the nation’s trauma back to its founding in “The Reckoning,” making a case that much of our current discord is built on America’s original sin of slavery and the perseverance of racism and white supremacy.
Never one to mince words, Mary writes, “Ours is an ugly history full of depraved, barbaric, and inhumane behavior carried out by everyday people and encouraged or at least condoned by leaders at the highest levels of government. A denial of that history is a denial of our trauma.”
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) August 17, 2021
Mary Trump places much of the blame for America’s current COVID-19 situation – over 600,000 people dead and only about half the population fully vaccinated – squarely on her uncle’s shoulders. “Everything he did made it worse,” she says, especially politicizing the pandemic.
To be ready for what we're about to face, we need to be really clear-eyed about how the insurrection of January 6 happened–and be sure we hold those who incited it accountable.
My new piece for @newrepublic.
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— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) August 12, 2021
“When we think of trauma, we typically imagine dramatic, violent, singular events – rape, a car accident, a mortar shell exploding,” Mary Trump writes. “Trauma can be quiet and slow, too, occurring over time in a tense drama of sameness, of hopelessness, of unbearable isolation and loneliness, of helplessness.”
Mary Trump appeared on “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning and spoke to the nation’s collective trauma. Watch the full segment, below.