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David Aronson Takes on The Donald

by Pam Kyrka
October 28, 2016

It’s not easy to get a letter to the editor published, but David Aronson, responding to an article in The New Yorker magazine about Tony Schwartz did just that. 

Interview with David Aronson

It’s not easy to get a letter to the editor published, but David Aronson, responding to an article in The New Yorker magazine about Tony Schwartz did just that. In the July 25, 2016 issue, Tony Schwartz, who ghost wrote The Art of The Deal for Donald Trump, basically apologizes for making Trump famous. He is quoted as saying, “I put lipstick on a pig”, and says that he feels deep remorse.

David  Aronson, a Holliston resident, wrote a letter to the magazine regarding the piece about Schwartz. His letter, published in the September 19, 2016 issue, follows this article. I spoke to David recently and he shared with me some of his other thoughts about the entire piece as well as his reaction to an interview of Tony Schwartz by David Remnick that he heard on The New Yorker Radio Hour. David commented that Schwartz sounded like “a defeated Roman soldier trying to fall on his sword.” David shared his original letter before it was edited for publication. It was longer, more detailed, and more blunt. Both versions, however, clearly make some strong points.

David’s letter:

The Confession

I agree with Tony Schwartz when he says, in his tell-all to Jane Mayer, that he is at fault for some portion of the Donald Trump phenomenon (“Trump’s Boswell Speaks,” July 25). But Trump would have found another way to transform himself into a mythic figure.  He has the charisma and the ego, as well as the pathological ability, to say anything at any time to appeal to a certain group.  Hillary’s private e-mail server and her questionable judgment on a few key decisions, such as voting to invade Iraq, have turned what should have been a runaway victory for her into a nail-biter. From the beginning, the media, instead of uncovering and providing the details about Trump throughout his career, has focused on his celebrity and his bombastic rhetoric. Now his base is secure and well dug in.  Even if he is trounced in November, there will be conspiracy theories about a “stolen” election, which Trump and his campaign have already begun promulgating. He’s covering every angle he can think of, and ten per cent or more of American voters will buy into it.

Both the Schwartz article by Jane Mayer and David’s response are well worth reading. No matter how you feel about Trump, what Schwartz discovered about him as he ghost wrote The Art of the Deal is fascinating. David’s response is a thoughtful analysis of the presidential race, and the power of both the written word and the media in general. Schwartz comes across as a man who wishes he could take back the book. Instead, a book Schwartz wrote afterwards is What Really Matters, about a search for the meaning of life. Go figure.

 

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I remember reading that article, feeling alternately bemused and horrified. Mostly horrified. Great letter, David - thank you for eloquently capturing the complexity of what many of us are thinking...

- sarah commerford | 10/28/16 8:33 AM

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