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‘Art of the Deal’ co-author thinks Trump will resign before the end of 2017
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Tony Schwartz thinks President Trump may be out before the end of the year.
Time is running out for President Donald Trump—at least according to the co-author of his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, who believes that Trump will resign in the near future.
In a series of tweets, journalist Tony Schwartz, Trump’s former ghostwriter, argued that the president is “going to resign and declare victory before [Special Counselor Robert] Mueller and Congress leave him no choice.” He thinks Trump will take a deal to be free from prosecution in exchange for resigning from the White House.
“Trump’s presidency is effectively over. Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner,” Schwartz said.
The circle is closing at blinding speed. Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) August 16, 2017
Trump's presidency is effectively over. Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) August 16, 2017
Trump must be isolated. Resistance every day. The end is near but must keep pressure high.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) August 16, 2017
resign yes, admit defeat no. wants to stay out of jail, and will make that deal.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) August 17, 2017
Some people believe Schwartz’s prediction on the hopes that the end is near for Trump’s time in office.
Trump is miserable right now. He looks like a fool. Inept, incompetent, loathed, and floundering.— Barbara Marshall (@babsmarshall1) August 16, 2017
Today is awesome.#ImpeachTrump
Mueller team working quickly; my guess November/December resignation. Then book deal/full court press PR rebranding. Massive coronary.— David Pomerantz (@davidpom2000) August 16, 2017
This has been my opinion for months. Trump must have an enemy to blame for his failure. If he quits he will forever get to blame others.— Christina Moore (@Cmoore704) August 16, 2017
Others are skeptical. If the presidency is a sign of power and respect for Trump, then he might not leave the White House without being forced out.
It will take a SWAT team & tranquilizer darts to get him out of the White House, and a surgical team to pry the door frame from his hands.— Ronda Zwierz (@PunnedIt55) August 16, 2017
Trump won't resign until he takes us to the brink and makes a deal for immunity in return for his resignation.— Ralf ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@Ralfoo7) August 16, 2017
Highly unlikely unless Mueller has the pee tape— Wade (@TheVeritable) August 16, 2017
Trump will never resign. He's got a taste of power and will not go quietly.— Sydney (@SydNeCoh) August 16, 2017
We the American people to remove him from office
But most of all, Twitter users are split on whether they want a President Mike Pence in the White House.
Let us hope. Pence is as bad— Gould (@louwho27) August 16, 2017
Pence must also resign.— KtHathSpoken (@KtHathSpoken) August 16, 2017
I'd rather fight lawful evil than chaotic evil. We know how to fight RWNJ politicians like Pence.— Willow is not focused on cryptocurrencies 🍞🎪 (@RockShrimp) August 17, 2017
Schwartz has an unprecedented view of the president, having worked closely with Trump on The Art of the Deal during the mid-1980s. In an article for the Washington Post, Schwartz said that Trump’s “sense of self-worth is forever at risk,” and that he “reacts impulsively and defensively, constructing a self-justifying story” that largely rests on blaming others for wrongdoing.
“I never sensed from Trump any guilt or contrition about anything he’d done, and he certainly never shared any misgivings publicly,” Schwartz wrote for the Post. “From his perspective, he operated in a jungle full of predators who were forever out to get him, and he did what he must to survive.”
For that reason, some Twitter users are hoping Schwartz is correct on a Trump resignation.
Oh dear god, may you please be right. You've been right about everything else.— Carol Ann Leif (@carolannleif) August 16, 2017
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.