From an interview with David Cay Johnston who has been one of the nation’s premier investigative reporters for decades... He first met and covered Donald Trump in the 1980s. He talks about his latest book, The Making of Donald Trump with Steven Rosenfield
Rosenfield - These stories in your book remind me of the badly behaving men
in my grandfather’s generation. They were born around WW1, grew up in
Brooklyn, didn’t have much to do with people outside their ethnicity and
religion. They were sexist, bigots, didn’t need or want college
education. They felt if they could just bluff and boss their way around
and take whatever they could home, that they were big-time successes. Am
I imagining something there?
That’s a perfectly accurate way to view this… Donald is a product of his
family history, of his time and place, and of his belief that he’s a
really superior person, therefore all these other things don’t matter.
You either worship and recognize Donald’s greatness or he has a word for
you: loser! And it has worked for him. You do things that work for you.
skill at shutting down law enforcement investigations—I cite those four
grand juries, etc.—is extraordinary. He knows when to run to the cops
and rat out people, or tell them information that will help them. He
knows how to use the court system to cover up what he’s done by making a
settlement on the condition that the record be sealed. And he’s
masterful at this. It’s just astonishing how masterful he is at it. And
then he’s masterful at the conventions of journalism.