Art of the Deal Writer on LaVar Ball Feud: Trump is ‘Frightened Of Black People’


On Wednesday night, The Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz ripped President Donald Trump for his ongoing feud with LaVar Ball.

CNN’s John Berman addressed Trump’s recent tweet storm attacking the father of the UCLA player who was freed after he was caught shoplifting in China and asked Schwartz if “it’s what LaVar Ball said or, as some are alleging, how he looks,” that bothers the president so much.

“Both,” Schwartz responded. “First of all, his father is a tall black man and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by black people. And his only way of 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 says virtually anything about him that’s negative.”

Berman flagged Schwartz’s remarks calling Trump “awed and afraid” of black people as a “big statement.” The CNN anchor pressed Schwartz on how he can draw such a conclusion.

“Well, I mean, I watched him. I mean he was awed, unequivocally awed, during the many times I saw him with members of the team he owned in the USFL, and when he sponsored fights — 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.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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