Trump's Ex-Buddies Say He's a Child With a Fragile Ego: Curated Clicks

We cut the crust off the Internet sandwich so you don't have to. 

The Republican Party has nominated Donald J. Trump to be the president of the United States. Yes, this is real life. Speaker Ryan is so upset about it he's forgotten how to hold a gavel

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In 2014, McKay Coppins covered Donald Trump's presidential "will he, won't he" dance in a less-than-flattering way.

This week, Coppins finally published his mea culpa, exploring how the doubters helped push Trump to gird his loins and run.

The piece contains deep reporting and a mini-scoop or two, such as the revelation that Trump only went down the "I'm self-funding my campaign" route because a former Romney moneyman suggested it -- as a way to politely dodge working for Trump himself.

But mostly it delves into Trump's desperate need to prove himself to the sorts of people who have always seem him as a gauche charlatan.

A humanized Trump emerges from the telling of former aid Sam Nunberg (now being sued by Trump), who recalls Trump reading mocking news coverage in 2015 and asking:

Why don’t they respect me, Sam?

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In the mid-1980s, Tony Schwartz spent years shadowing Trump intimately, even listening to the guy's phone calls (with Trump's enthusiastic blessing).

Schwartz used the experience to ghostwrite "The Art of the Deal," which painted Trump as a shrewd-but-likable capitalist driven by his love of the game.

The book was a load of crap.

In reality, Schwartz said, Trump was a vulgar clown who couldn't pay attention to a conversation for more than 10 minutes.

‘I put lipstick on a pig,’ [Schwartz] said. ‘I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.’ He went on, ‘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.’

If he were writing ‘The Art of the Deal’ today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, ‘The Sociopath.’

The New Yorker: Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All

A few more bites: 

"The RNC is run by culturally illiterate fools who have no sense of the arts importance in framing American hearts and minds." - Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik draws on his 2008 experience to rip Republican convention organizers, via Facebook

"Many people to my left see my opposition to Trump in the Oval Office as so obviously correct that it is ludicrous even to call attention to it, as though I have just bravely declared that I object to driving while blindfolded or to further wars with Britain." - Tom Nichols describes being caught between left and alt-right in his Never Trump resistance, via the New York Times