2020-07-18 19:36:30 UTC
...in tweet comparing 5.23 million viewers who tuned in for her MSNBC interview,
to the 5.11 million who watched her uncle's June sit down with Sean Hannity
*Trump's niece went after her uncle's fascination with TV ratings with a simple
Friday tweet: 5.23 million v. 5.11 million'
*Mary Trump was comparing the number of viewers for her MSNBC interview with
Rachel Maddow compared to Trump's June town hall with Sean Hannity
*She added the hashtag '#seldomseen' in reference to Trump's declaration that
she was 'a seldom seen niece'
*President Donald Trump hit out at recent scathing tell-all memoirs in a Twitter
tirade on Friday
*He blasted his niece Mary Trump as a 'mess' and accused her of breaking the law
*He also accused former National Security Advisor John Bolton of breaking the
law, calling him a 'lowlife dummy' and 'warmongering fool'
*Trump called himself the 'ultimate member of The Book of the Month Club'
Mary Trump made a cheeky dig at President Donald Trump lashed out at his niece
and called her a 'mess' following the release of her highly-lauded tell-all
Trump's niece went after her uncle's fascination with TV ratings with a simple
Friday tweet: 5.23 million v. 5.11 million.'
The number referred to reported views of Mary interview with MSNBC's Rachel
Maddow on Thursday versus the reported views of the president's town hall with
Fox News' Sean Hannity in June.
The tweet comes after Donald Trump struck out at his niece Mary and former
National Security Advisor John Bolton Friday over their tell-all memoirs about
In a Twitter tirade, Trump claimed that he is the 'ultimate member of The Book
of the Month Club' because of the recent string of scathing stories told about
him in new blockbuster books.
The president launched an attack on Bolton calling him a 'lowlife dummy' and a
'war mongering fool' before accusing him of breaking the law.
He then rounded on niece Mary Trump who he called a 'mess' and claimed that his
parents couldn't stand her, while also accusing her of breaking the law.
'I am the ultimate member of The Book of the Month Club,' Trump began Friday
'First I have lowlife dummy John Bolton, a war mongering fool, violating the law
(he released massive amounts of Classified Information) and an NDA in order to
build badly needed credibility and make a few dollars, which will all end up
going to the government anyway.
'Next up is Mary Trump, a seldom seen niece who knows little about me, says
untruthful things about my wonderful parents (who couldnt stand her!) and me,
and violated her NDA,' he continued.
'She also broke the Law by giving out my tax Returns. Shes a mess!
'Many books have been written about me, some good, some bad. Both happily and
sadly, there will be more to come!'
It was revealed Thursday that Mary L. Trump's scathing memoir about her uncle
has sold nearly a million copies from preorders alone.
Publisher Simon & Schuster revealed that the book, named 'Too Much and Never
Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man', sold a company
record of 950,000 copies in combined print, digital and audio editions as of its
date of sale, earlier this week.
Simon & Schuster were also the publishers of Bolton's 'The Room Where It
Happened', which sold nearly 800,000 copies in its first week when released last
Trump and his allies had tried to stop both books from coming out, alleging that
Bolton had revealed classified information and that Mary Trump had violated a
Judges in each case denied requests for injunctions.
In her book, Mary Trump has claimed that she heard her uncle use the n-word and
anti-Semitic slurs and that the family engaged in casual bigotry throughout her
The White House has called Mary's allegations 'a book of falsehoods', adding:
'The president doesn't use those words.'
Mary described what her family engaged in as 'a knee-jerk anti-Semitism, a
'Homophobia was never an issue because nobody ever talked about gay people,
well, until my grandmother called Elton John' an anti-gay slur,' she also told
The Washington Post.
In the book, she describes her grandmother Mary calling the choice to have John
sing at the funeral of Princess Diana 'a disgrace' and said he was a 'little'
She said that led to her decision not to come out to her family.
Mary Trump was secretly engaged to a woman, but had to push back her wedding
because her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr., had died.
In another explosive section of the book, in which she describes the president
as being unfit for office, Mary Trump writes that her uncle paid a friend named
Joe Shapiro to take his SATs for him so he could attend the University of
Pennsylvania's famous Wharton School of Business.
Ex-tennis star Pam Shriver, the widow of Trump pal Joe Shapiro from Penn, said
last week her husband never met the future president until they were at business
school together - so he couldn't have taken President Trump's SATS.
Mary also described President Trump's 2016 campaign as being racist several
times in the book.
'He did tap into a certain bigotry and inchoate rage, which he's always been
good at doing,' she wrote, pointing to the 1989 New York Times ad the president
took out demanding that the Central Park Five - a group of five black suspects
who were cleared of assault and rape charges - be executed.
Judge Hal Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court stopped the Trump
family's attempt to gag Mary Trump from talking about her book which came out
It had already topped Amazon.com's best seller list but Mary had been unable to
personally talk about it after Robert Trump, President Trump's brother, argued
that the book violated a confidentiality agreement related to Fred Trump's
Mary Trump is President Trump's niece, the daughter of his eldest brother Fred
Trump, who died in 1981 due to complications from alcoholism.
However the courts ruled in her favor - both in publishing the book and letting
her discuss it.
Judge Greenwald ruled that stopping publication was a 'moot' point because the
book had already been distributed to sellers and publicized in the media.
The Justice Department had also attempted to block the release of John Bolton's
book, which makes some explosive claims about the president.
A judge allowed its release in June but warned that the ex-national security
adviser has 'gambled' with US security.
Trump slammed the decision on Twitter branding Bolton 'despicable man' who broke
the law and warned that he must pay a 'very big price'.
The Trump administration sued Bolton days before the book's June 23 release in
order to have it postponed because of concerns that classified information could
Copies of the book were then leaked to the media the next day.
The memoir from the president's top aide, who was controversially fired back in
September 2019, contains a number of explosive claims about Trump, including
that he asked China for help with his re-election bid - a move similar to how
Trump interacted with Ukraine, which led to him being impeached.
It paints an unflattering portrait of Trump's foreign policy decision-making
during the turbulent year-and-a-half that Bolton spent in the White House.
The book portrays a White House filled with chaos - a president with no real
understanding of world affairs, a son-in-law wielding powers in areas out of his
depth, and in-fighting and backstabbing among different power centers.
The bombshell claims made include that Trump made 'personal favors' to
dictators, bedded Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020
presidential race and delayed pulling out of the Iran deal to let Melania launch
her own initiative first.
Bolton became Trump's national security adviser in April 2018 and left in
Trump claims he fired him but Bolton has said he left because he clashed with
the president on several policy issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the
Among the other claims in the book are that Mike Pompeo mocked Donald Trump
behind his back by slipping Bolton a note saying 'he is so full of s***' and
that Bill Barr said he was 'worried' about his conduct.
Another section claims Trump defended Saudi's Mohammed bin Salman over the
murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to keep the spotlight off the revelation
that his daughter Ivanka was using a private email account while a top White
Bolton alleges that Trump said invading Venezuela would be 'cool' and it was
'really part of the U.S.,' that he thought Finland was in Russia and he didn't
know Britain had nuclear weapons.