I didn’t get his endorsement when I ran for governor — but the severely troubled man I met has only gotten worse.
I arrived at Trump Tower in early evening – accompanied by my finance chair and an old friend and colleague.
Stepping off the elevator into his apartment we were met by a display of sterile vulgar ostentation: all gold – silver – brass – marble; nothing soft – welcoming or warm.
Trump soon appeared and we began to converse but not really.
In campaigns we candidates do most of the talking; because we like to and because people ask us lots of questions.
Not this time.
Not by a long shot.
Trump talked very rapidly and virtually nonstop for nearly an hour; not of my campaign or even of politics but only of himself and almost always in the third person.
He’d given himself a nickname: ‘the Trumpster’ as in ‘everybody wants to know what the Trumpster’s gonna do’ a claim he made more than once.
He mostly told stories.
Some were about his business deals; others about trips he’d taken or things he owned.
All were unrelated to the alleged point of our meeting and to one another.
That he seldom even attempted segues made each tale seem more disconnected from reality than the last.
It was funny at first – then pathetic and finally deeply unsettling.
On the drive home we all burst out laughing – then grew quiet.
What the hell just happened?
My first theory – that Trump was high on cocaine – didn’t feel quite right but he was clearly emotionally impaired: in constant need of approbation; lacking impulse control – self-awareness or awareness of others.
We’d heard tales of his monumental vanity but were still shocked by the sad spectacle of him.