The co-author of Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal believes the president is “losing his grip on reality.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber on Wednesday, author Tony Schwartz weighed in on Trump’s reported suggestions to multiple people that the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape may not be real.
“What it means in simple terms is he’s losing his grip on reality,” Schwartz said. “His reality testing is really poor and I believe that’s exactly what’s going on.”
Schwartz went on to say that Trump’s way of speaking and vocabulary have undergone “a dramatic change” in the years since the two men co-wrote The Art of the Deal in 1987.
“He is more limited in his vocabulary. He is further from, as I say, this connection to what is factual and real,” said Schwartz. “He is more impulsive. He is more reactive. This is a guy in deep trouble.”
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Schwartz added that many of Trump’s White House employees are “hostages to a cult leader,” including his press secretary.
“When you watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders right now, you really feel as if you’re watching somebody who is being brainwashed, or has been brainwashed,” Schwartz said.