New book by ex-Trump exec al­leges early racism

Res urges Americans not to give pres­i­dent a 2nd term in of­fice

The Morning Call - - Nation & World - By Noah Bier­man and Chris Mege­rian

WASH­ING­TON — Nearly four decades ago, af­ter erect­ing his epony­mous sky­scraper on Fifth Av­enue in Man­hat­tan, Don­ald Trump would sit be­hind his rose­wood desk and muse about work­ing in an even more pow­er­ful of­fice.

“Th­ese politi­cians don’t know any­thing,” he said. “Maybe I should run for pres­i­dent. Wouldn’t that be some­thing?”

Bar­bara Res, a long­time ex­ec­u­tive in Trump’s real es­tate com­pany, brushed off the idea right up un­til he was elected pres­i­dent. Now that he’s in the fi­nal weeks of his re­elec­tion cam­paign, Res is set to re­lease a new book she has writ­ten ti­tled “Tower of Lies,” urg­ing Americans not to give him a sec­ond term.

The book re­counts racist, an­tiSemitic and sex­ist be­hav­ior, along with Trump’s abil­ity to lie “so nat­u­rally” that “if you didn’t know the actual facts, he could slip some­thing past you.”

“The seeds of who he is to­day were planted back when I worked with him,” Res wrote. “He was able to con­trol oth­ers, through lies and ex­ag­ger­a­tion, with prom­ises of money or jobs, through threats of law­suits or ex­po­sure. He sur­rounded him­self with yes-men, blamed oth­ers for his own fail­ures, never took re­spon­si­bil­ity, and al­ways stole credit.

“Th­ese tac­tics are still at work, just de­ployed at the high­est lev­els of the U.S. gov­ern­ment, with all the cor­rup­tion and chaos that nec­es­sar­ily en­sue.”

The book, a copy of which was ob­tained ex­clu­sively by the Los An­ge­les Times ahead of Tues­day’s re­lease, adds to a grow­ing shelf of elec­tion-year trea­tises flay­ing the pres­i­dent. Trump has been ex­co­ri­ated in print by Michael Co­hen, his for­mer lawyer; John Bolton, his third na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser; Mary Trump, his niece; and Bob Wood­ward, the vet­eran jour­nal­ist.

Trump’s cam­paign brushed aside the lat­est en­try.

“This is trans­par­ently a dis­grun­tled for­mer em­ployee pack­ag­ing a bunch of lies in a book to make money,” said Tim Mur­taugh, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Trump’s cam­paign.

In her ac­count, Res wrote that “big­otry and bias con­trol Don­ald’s view of the world, even the so-called pos­i­tive stereo­types, which are just as dam­ag­ing, like say­ing the Ja­panese (whom he seems to de­spise) are smarter than Americans.”

She re­called Trump be­rat­ing her when he spot­ted a Black worker on a con­struc­tion site.

“Get him off there right now,” he said, “and don’t ever let that hap­pen again. I don’t want peo­ple to think that Trump Tower is be­ing built by Black peo­ple.”

Trump turned red-faced when she brought a young Black job ap­pli­cant into the lobby of an­other build­ing, she wrote.

“Bar­bara, I don’t want Black kids sit­ting in the lobby where peo­ple come to buy mil­lion­dol­lar apart­ments!”

Res wrote that Trump hired a Ger­man res­i­den­tial man­ager, be­liev­ing his her­itage made him “es­pe­cially clean and or­derly,” and then joked in front of Jewish ex­ec­u­tives that “this guy still rem­i­nisces about the ovens, so you guys bet­ter watch out for him.”

Trump and his cam­paign of­ten pointed to Res dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion as an ex­am­ple of his pro­gres­sive his­tory of hir­ing and pro­mot­ing women. But dur­ing her 18-year ten­ure, she wrote, Trump talked fre­quently and graph­i­cally about women’s looks and his own sex­ual ex­ploits — and forced Res to fire a wo­man be­cause she was preg­nant and bar her own sec­re­tary from im­por­tant meet­ings be­cause she did not look like a model.

Res has been fre­quently crit­i­cal of Trump since leav­ing the com­pany two decades ago, and she pledged to vote for Hil­lary Clin­ton in 2016. She ad­mit­ted that some peo­ple may dis­miss her ex­pe­ri­ences be­cause she worked for Trump so long ago, but she said that would be a mis­take.

If Trump has changed, she wrote, “He’s only be­come more him­self. He is Trump raised to the nth de­gree, but Trump none­the­less. Don­ald Squared, I call him.”

Trump hired Res when he was plan­ning his sky­scraper on Fifth Av­enue. She re­called vis­it­ing his ex­pan­sive apart­ment for a job in­ter­view as Trump pitched her on the plan.

“It’s gonna be the most talked about build­ing in the world,” he said. Then he added, “I want you to build it.” At the time, Res was a young project man­ager in the male-dom­i­nated New York con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Trump turned out to be a difficult boss, blam­ing oth­ers for his mis­takes, tak­ing un­due credit and with­hold­ing promised bonuses on a whim, Res writes.

Af­ter Trump Tower was fin­ished, Res worked on and off for Trump un­til 1998, at one point serv­ing as his ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for con­struc­tion and devel­op­ment.

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