Trump Awed, Afraid of Black people, His Mental Health in Question Says ‘Art of the Deal’ Co-Author

Tony Schwartz chimes in on President Trump’s feud with LaVar Ball and says he is “losing a grip on reality.”

LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China for shoplifting, said President Donald Trump needs a pair of his Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes “so he can calm down a little bit.”

“I sent Trump his shoes,” Ball told TMZ Sports at Staples Center after Lakers vs. Warriors game on Wednesday night. His other son, Lonzo, plays for the Lakers.

“He should have them — unless they took ’em!”

The White House said Thursday it has not yet received the shoes, but are “trying to track them down,” according to TMZ Sports.

Ball has played down Trump’s alleged involvement in getting the UCLA basketball teammates back home after they admitted to stealing items from three stores during a team trip to China in November.

Last week, Trump went on a Twitter tirade calling Ball an “ungrateful fool” for not thanking him. He took sole credit for getting the basketball players out of a long-term prison sentence — and not the White House, the State Department or Ball’s associates in China.

“IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think… ,” Trump tweeted.

Although Ball’s brand has benefited from his feud with Trump, he has endured unnecessary and demeaning comments from the president of the United States.

Last week, CNN host John Berman asked Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal”: “What is it about LaVar Ball that bothers the president so much? Is it what he said? Or, as some are alleging, how he looks?

“Both,” Schwartz began. “First of all, [LaVar Ball] is a tall, Black man and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by Black people. And his only way in dealing with them is to attack them.

“And on the other hand, I think he has a zero tolerance for any criticism of any kind. That’s why he goes after anybody who’s said anything virtually about him that’s negative.”

Berman asked Schwartz what was the basis for his thoughts on Trump.

He responded, “Well, I watched him unequivocally awed during the many times I saw him with members of the team he owned in the USFL and when he sponsored prize fights. I think he had this kind of ambivalent relationship where he wished he could have been an athlete like they were. And, on the other hand, if he felt fear, he always felt aggression; and a need to put them down.”

Biographer Michael D’Antonio, who wrote “The Truth About Trump,” was also a guest on the show. He said that Trump shops for enemies and agreed with Schwartz’s comments.

“I think what Tony said was correct that there are these dual motivations on [Trump’s] part,” D’Antonio said.

“One the one hand, it is racial. On the other hand, he’s very thin-skinned. But I think we have to notice whodunnits that he responds to. He will go after someone he can frame perfectly, often for his base. In this case, this is yet another member of the Black community, also someone connected to the world of sports.

“[Trump] initiated a lot of the furor over the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ protest because it was Black athletes. I didn’t see that he ever actually went after any of the white players who knelt in solidarity.”

In regard to Trump’s mental health, Schwartz said Wednesday on MSBNC that the president is “losing his grip on reality.”

Host Ari Melber said that Schwartz has known Trump for quite some time.

“You were around him in more settings,” Melber said. “When you see Donald Trump today, and you see what he’s saying that is false, is it about what you saw then, or do you see a change?”

Schwartz responded, “There’s a pretty dramatic change. He is more limited in his vocabulary. He is further from his connection of what is factual and real. He is more impulsive. He is more reactive. This is a guy in deep trouble and one of the problems we have right now is that we’re not very sympathetic to the psychological and psychiatric community. But that’s who we need to be talking to.”

Schwartz also said that some White House employees have expressed concern over Trump’s mental health.

“I know that two different people from the White House, or at least saying they were from the White House and that turned out to be a White House number, have called somebody I know in the last several weeks to say ‘We are deeply concerned about his mental health,'” he said.

“How do you know that?” Melber asked him.

Schwartz responded, “I know that because I know the person that they called. And, this is a person who I absolutely trust who has great integrity.”

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  • Whites crack me up how they attribute White behavior on mental illness instead of their own who are racist as simply being horrible people who think of anyone darker as animals.

    • Charity Dell

      LEE–True that! But actually, those who worship the Racism God tend to be driven mad by that “god.”
      Racism itself is built on FALSEHOOD, a system of UNREAL beliefs that have no tie to TRUTH or REALITY.
      Racists have a DESPERATE NEED TO BELIEVE IN THEIR SUPERIORITY, so they literally work to preserve
      their precious myth of superiority by denigrating and discriminating against the “other” people who challenge
      their concepts based upon falsehood. Many of them become violent to remove the “other” they fear.
      Look at all these racist serial killers–they ARE evil and THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR EVIL CHOICES.
      Look at these *death-warmed-over* looking Alt-Right Goons–many of them ARE “disturbed”, the natural
      consequence of worshiping their “god of whiteness.” This does not excuse their behavior, but it does
      explain why they are OBSESSED with genocidal thinking and CONSUMED with jealousy when they see
      people of color getting graduate degrees, working in the professions, and owning property and businesses.

      Those who think of darker people as animals don’t seem to have a problem with RAPING THE ANIMALS.
      with whom they are desperate to have sexual intercourse. But if you have sex with the so-called “inferior
      being,” what does that make YOU?


  • All white supremacist racists who support and are like tRump are mentally unstable. Like most people with low IQ’s and were very DUMB before they got dementia, tRUMP is no exception.

    Dumb, lazy whites with entitlement mentalities are awed and afraid of Blacks because, as former slaves, we’ve SURPASSED whites in every category. Only systemic racism has kept us back in the areas where we haven’t surpassed them.

    • I have to agree with you there, ZaziJams. Massive, deliberate oppression has absolutely prevented us from achieving full-scale, in all areas. That we continue to succeed in the face of such bigotry and hatred is a testimony to how strong we are (and can be) as a people.

  • Yes, Trump clearly has a problem with Black people. He’s a racist without question, even if he is unaware of it or unwilling to admit it. Ball is his own brand of fool and is going to ruin the careers of his sons if he isn’t careful. So, Trump is a racist and Ball is a self-promoting fool of a blowhard. Both can be true.

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