Too Much and Never Enough – In this revelatory
When Freddy Trump, Trump’s oldest brother, was critically ill, Donald Trump told him that her husband would not do so. Linda rushed to the Trump House and found parents of Freddy sitting in the bibliothèque, not with her son in the hospital. Nor did they call the hospital that they have a permanent relationship to ensure that Freddy received rapid and efficient treatment. Donald and his sister went to the movies after calling Linda.
If Donald Trump shows this anecdote to be insensitive, he is also a commentary on his dad, Fred Trump. The niece of the President writes in her blistering book Too Much and Never Enough that the Trump siblings are what they are largely because of their father — “a high-functioning sociopath.” For his wife Mary, who had chronic health problems, or for his children, he had no time or patience. He was singularly obsessed with expanding his business by establishing political links and gaining a larger government; yet the children spent their lives looking for respect and love. His ruthless, controlled nature left them with a distorted sense of good and wrong and stopped their growth in different ways. Maryanne had been obedient. She never learned to challenge her father and “she believed that seeking or receiving help was an honorable badge.”
Rob and Elizabeth were always looking forward to please. Donald learned that being brash, joyous and disrespectful was the only way to gain the acceptance of his father. Freddy, a quiet rebel, chased his dream that he would only become a pilot to be humiliated. Depression and alcoholism eventually cost him his life. The unrelenting attack on the family by Mary stems from the deep hurt of losing her father to emotional abuse and the completely unwillingness of Fred. Her story is also intended to harm, which President Trump’s reaction to the book Too Much and Never Enough seems to have done as “stupid, disgraceful, vicious and lying.”