Trump’s Ghostwriter Feels ‘Deep Sense Of Remorse,’ Will Now Donate Royalties To Immigration Groups

Donald Trump speaks in front of a pile of garbage. CREDIT: KEITH SRAKOCIC (AP)
Donald Trump speaks in front of a pile of garbage. CREDIT: KEITH SRAKOCIC (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump often brags about his business memoir The Art of the Deal, a bestselling book that introduced supporters to his business acumen and prowess. But the book’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, now says he regrets his decision to write it.

In a recently published New Yorker interview, Schwartz revealed that he feels “a deep sense of remorse” for presenting a flattering portrayal of Trump when he wrote the book in 1985 that helped make the real estate mogul seem “more appealing than he is.”

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“I put lipstick on a pig,” Schwartz told the magazine. “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

Now, Schwartz is seeking redemption for having a hand in Trump’s success as a presidential candidate. He plans to donate all royalties earned in 2016 from sales of the book to organizations with political causes that Trump have denounced. In particular, Schwartz cited the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the National Immigraton Forum, two immigrant groups that advocate for a more humane immigration policy plan inclusive of undocumented immigrants.

Here’s How Much Trump’s Mass Deportation Policy Would Cost EveryoneEconomy by CREDIT: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer On his first day as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald…thinkprogress.orgThese groups have long been critical of Trump’s campaign, saying the candidate’s statements “criminalize and scapegoat America’s immigrant families.” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, has referred to Trump as someone who “traffic[s] in fear.”

Schwartz told the New Yorker that he “felt anxious” watching the GOP candidate’s increasingly xenophobic campaign unfold. Trump launched his presidential candidacy last June by characterizing Mexican immigrants as criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. He has since been quick to blame immigrants for terrorist attacks and has enthusiastically promoted a policy plan seeking to deport millions undocumented immigrants, build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and ban Muslim immigrants and Syrian refugees from entering the country.

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“I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” Schwartz said. “There’s no righting it. But I like the idea that, the more copies that ‘The Art of the Deal’ sells, the more money I can donate to the people whose rights Trump seeks to abridge.”