“I Had to Take Donald Down”: In Mary Trump’s New Book, a Conclusive Diagnosis of Donald Trump’s Psychopathology | Vanity Fair

“A case could be made that he also meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, which in its most severe forms is generally considered sociopathy but can also refer to chronic criminality, arrogance, and disregard for the rights of others,” she writes. “Is there comorbidity? Probably. Donald may also meet some of the criteria for dependent personality disorder, the hallmarks of which include an inability to make decisions or take responsibility, discomfort with being alone, and going to excessive lengths to obtain support from others. Are there other factors that should be considered? Absolutely. He may have a long-undiagnosed learning disability that for decades has interfered with his ability to process information.”

Another chapter delves into the ugliness that arose over Fred Sr.’s estate 20 years ago. There was a hostile legal battle in which Mary and her brother went to court to contest their grandfather’s will. “As the bankruptcies and embarrassments mounted, Donald was confronted for the first time with the limits of his ability to talk or threaten his way out of a problem,” she writes. “Always adept at finding an escape hatch, he seems to have come up with a plan to betray his father and steal vast sums of money from his siblings. He secretly approached two of my grandfather’s longest-serving employees…and enlisted them to draft a codicil to my grandfather’s will that would put Donald in complete control of Fred’s estate, including the empire and all its holdings, after he died. Maryanne, Elizabeth”—Donald’s other sister—“and Robert would effectively be at Donald’s financial mercy, dependent on his approval for the smallest transaction.”

“I Had to Take Donald Down”: In Mary Trump’s New Book, a Conclusive Diagnosis of Donald Trump’s Psychopathology | Vanity Fair