Trump Threatens Ghostwriter Of His Bestselling Memoir

By on July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

“The Art of the Deal,” the best-selling 1987 business book and memoir, remade Trump’s image by putting “lipstick on a pig,” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz said this week. The same day that Schwartz publicly denounced Trump and expressed his regret about writing the book and shaping a flattering public image for the Republican Presidential candidate, the Trump campaign sent him a cease-and-desist. The letter demands that Schwartz send “a certified check made payable to Mr. Trump” for all the royalties he had earned on the book, along with $250,000 – Schwartz’s half of the book’s advance. Schwartz must also issue “a written statement retracting your defamatory statements” and offer assurances that he will not “generate or disseminate” any more “baseless accusations” about Trump. “The fact that Trump would take time out of convention week to worry about a critic is evidence to me not only of how thin-skinned he is, but also of how misplaced his priorities are,” Schwartz wrote. His lawyers wrote back to Trump’s, saying the letter was “nothing more than a transparent attempt to stifle legitimate criticism.” The New Yorker piece that detailed Schwartz’s qualms about the candidate included the quote: “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility that it will lead to the end of civilization.”

Correction: The headline of this story previously indicated that Trump sued Schwartz, when in fact he only sent a cease-and-desist. We regret the error.

Read the full article at:

The New Yorker


  1. Leonidas

    July 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    What civilization?

  2. C Hunter

    July 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Your sensational headline states “Trump Sues Ghostwriter…”, yet nowhere in the body of your post does it reference a lawsuit. Because there is none. The false and misleading “journalism”, which has nothing to do with general counsel, is nothing more than a biased attempt to smear Mr. Trump. Looking forward to a post regarding mistruths and truly actionable behavior of the other candidate. I won’t hold my breath.

  3. David Lee

    July 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Makes one wonder who’s lipstick who is the pig. When getting your name known is so valuable in a media environment of idiots it appears the new authors new found ethics are focused on who can I trash to become known.

  4. Random Guy

    July 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

    The headline is inaccurate. That’s not suing, that’s writing a letter.

  5. david martin

    July 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    You know, a cease and desist letter is not a lawsuit, it’s just a letter. Your headline saying thrump sued him is not true (although it may be by the end of the day). And I’ve never heard of someone “issuing a cease-and-desist.” You should issue a correction.

    By the way I loathe and despise thrump just as much as everyone else. But having this mistake up for two days is fairly inexcusable.

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