October 6, 2016
Trump ghostwriter is giving “blood money” to charity
by Taylor Sperry
The Art of the Deal ghostwriter Tony Schwartz is so appalled, feels so personally responsible, for Donald Trump’s political ascension that he’s giving away the $55,000 he’s made from royalties in the past six months.
It “suddenly became, for me, blood money,” Schwartz told David A. Fahrenthold at the Washington Post. “I didn’t want to be anywhere near it,” he said. “It just feels wrong.”
Instead, he’s donating the money to the National Immigration Law Center, which protects the very communities Trump is so intent on persecuting, including low-income immigrants and Muslim Americans.
As we reported earlier this year, Trump doesn’t want Schwartz to have this money either: in fact, he wants it back. After the New Yorker published Jane Mayer’s damning profile “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All” (“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,” he said), Trump’s representatives wrote a letter demanding that Schwartz not only return both the royalties he’s earned and his share of the advance, but also that he retract his comments and refrain from issuing any opinions on Trump in the future.
Schwartz, clearly, has declined to oblige.
Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.