... the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center. He doesn’t feel that the gesture absolves him. “I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” he 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.”Since there's no righting it, there's no use donating anything more than the royalties from just this one year, 2016. How much has Tony Schwartz made from all these years of getting half the royalties from "Art of the Deal"?
Is Schwartz a reliable storyteller? His current story is that the story he told back then was total trash, but he was useful — was then and is now, to different people.
Interestingly, Schwartz got the co-writing job in the first place after he'd "published a piece in New York called 'A Different Kind of Donald Trump Story,' which portrayed him not as a brilliant mogul but as a ham-fisted thug." Trump, we're told, "loved the article.... and sent a fan note to Schwartz." Not long after that, Trump asked Schwartz to write his book for him. Schwartz, a "lifelong liberal" who "was hardly an admirer of Trump’s ruthless and single-minded pursuit of profit," decided to do it for the money, even though he felt "his journalism career would be badly damaged." He "knew [he] was selling out."
When The New Yorker called Trump about Schwartz's "critical remarks," Trump said "He’s probably just doing it for the publicity," and "Wow. That’s great disloyalty, because I made Tony rich. He owes a lot to me. I helped him when he didn’t have two cents in his pocket. It’s great disloyalty. I guess he thinks it’s good for him—but he’ll find out it’s not good for him."
Because who's for Tony Schwartz now? Certainly not the people who got him to trash Trump.