Mary Trump, who is openly gay and authored the tell-all book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man earlier this year, revealed in a new interview that she’s contemplating changing her name to make it clear she no longer has any association with her uncle, Donald Trump, or the Trump family.
“The damage Donald has done to this country is incalculable,” Trump’s niece said in a wide-ranging interview with the Telegraph. “We’re just waiting to find out how much is irreparable.
The 55-year-old said she is so done with being associated with the former president that “I am prepared to change my name if need be.”
She explains that his failures as president are due to the nature of his upbringing.
“With COVID, for example, he would only have had to show some empathy, and wear a mask. That’s it,” she says of his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, he committed to “a refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of something that was bad, negative, a disease. Donald didn’t want to be associated with those things,” Mary says, because, “I don’t believe he understands affection or intimacy.”
“As I was writing [my book] I realized that I felt enormous amounts of compassion for those children,” she said, referring to the family patriarch Fred Trump’s children, including Donald and Mary’s late father, Fred Jr. “They had a horrible childhood and suffered enormously. But do I feel compassion for my uncle now? No.”
Mary, a clinical psychologist, said that she doubts her uncle will run for election again in 2024 because he “will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again, first of all.”
She added that waiting to run again “would mean for four years that he is playing essentially a supporting role, which will be very difficult for him to sustain.”
She also said she doesn’t think that much has changed in the relationship between Donald and former first lady Melania, as rumors arise that she’s contemplating divorce.
In her tell-all book, Mary explains that by the 1990s she was already living with a woman and planning to marry her. She reveals that the entire family got together while her grandfather was sick and dying and that she thought about coming out then.
“It’s a disgrace they’re letting that little fa***t Elton John sing at [Princess Diana’s] service,” Mary said her grandmother — Donald’s mother, Mary Ann Trump — said at the gathering.
“I’d realized it was better that she didn’t know I was living with… a woman,” Mary wrote. She decided against coming out.