Nice try Trump!
Courtesy of WaPo:
A New York court on Thursday rejected an effort by President Trump’s family to block the publication of a book by the president’s niece, Mary L. Trump, who is said to describe the “nightmare of traumas” that led to her uncle being the “world’s most dangerous man.”
However, the effort to block the book is set to continue in a different court.
Judge Peter J. Kelly of Queens County Surrogate’s Court dismissed the effort by President Trump’s brother, Robert, to block publication on grounds that it was filed in an improper jurisdiction and that a family probate dispute had long been settled.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said in a statement that the court “has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family’s baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance.” Boutrous said he hoped that ends the matter.
Of course, this will not end the matter, and Trump’s attorney’s plan to take this to the state supreme court because he was born to litigate and money means nothing to these people.
Something that I don’t think that I knew before is that Mary is a clinical psychologist who intends to use her expertise to reveal Trump’s mental health issues.
Also courtesy of WaPo:
Her book about her uncle — “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” — is slated to be published next month. The book is so potentially explosive that the Trump family is seeking to block publication, citing a confidentiality agreement that Mary Trump signed as part of a settlement about her inheritance. Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said the president is trying to “suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance.”
The publisher has not revealed specifics, and Mary Trump, 55, declined an interview request. But clues to her dark view of her uncle can be seen in lawsuits, and interviews with former colleagues and teachers, academic papers and a series of now-deleted tweets, including one that said her uncle’s election was the “worst night of my life.”
A description of the book from publisher Simon & Schuster suggests it will draw heavily on her studies of family dysfunction, with Mary using her clinical background to dissect “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse,” including “the strange and harmful relationship between” her late father and Donald Trump.
The tragedy to which the book description alludes probably is informed by an event that infused both her life and that of her uncle: the death of her father — President Trump’s older brother Fred Jr. — of alcoholism when she was 16 years old.
Friends of her father’s told The Washington Post last year that they blame his death in part on the way he was treated by Donald Trump, and the president said in an interview last year with The Post that he regrets how he dealt with his brother.
Oh yeah, I am definitely getting this book.
I imagine that in the next two to five years we are going to see a number of books by psychiatrists and psychologists about Trump’s mental state, but one written from the perspective of a close family member would be hard to beat.