Donald Trump has been in a state of “panic” and utter disbelief because the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home to retrieve National Archives documents, his estranged niece Mary Trump said Monday evening.
Mary Trump, a psychologist who wrote the Trump family tell-all book “Too Much and Never Enough,” told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell her uncle’s offended public statement about Monday’s raid was revealing.
“That is just one other example in a really long line of examples of Donald’s narcissism and sense of entitlement,” she told O’Donnell. “He can have been told it was coming, but he couldn’t possibly consider it was coming — since it never has.”
“So I feel that’s where that panic is coming from, and in fact he’s also pivoting where he at all times pivots — to undermining the legitimacy of any investigation into his potential wrongdoing,” she added.
She also noted that while Trump was probably informed of the search beforehand, he was still likely shocked Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department actually followed through.
“Merrick Garland is the epitome of the form of man that Donald is contemptuous of,” she said. “So it never occurred to him that Garland would have the intestinal fortitude to — well, not go after him — to do his job, quite truthfully, and hold Donald accountable.”
O’Donnell then read from Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s recent book “The Divider,” which incorporates an anecdote by which Donald Trump complained to White House chief of staff John Kelly about his supposedly disloyal generals before unfavorably comparing them Adolf Hitler’s top brass.
“Yeah, well that’s something we’ve known about for a very long time,” said Mary Trump. “I feel it should remind us that, to begin with, Donald has at all times been contemptuous of service members but in addition has placed on a pedestal generals and admirals and what have you ever.”
Donald Trump believes “that’s what persons are for, to be loyal to him, to do his bidding,” she said, and that he has a “clear affection for the autocrat, the authoritarian.” While she rejected the notion that her uncle is losing sleep over the raid, Mary Trump suggested he was more stressed than ever.
“Because there’s been so many things dogging him within the last a few years,” she told O’Donnell. “He was in Recent York today because he needs to sit down for deposition in one other case. So it’s all coming type of fast and furious, and has been for quite a while.”
“There’s so much we don’t know, but I feel that it’s vindicating that finally Donald has … been treated as someone who just isn’t above the law,” she added. “That’s a protracted time coming.”