In his mind, he will not have lost. He will never concede. It will always be: 'It was taken from me.' — Jack O'Donnell, who worked with Trump in the 1980s and subsequently wrote a book about the president, titled 'Trumped'
In his mind, he will not have lost. He will never concede. It will always be: 'It was taken from me.' — Jack O'Donnell, who worked with Trump in the 1980s and subsequently wrote a book about the president, titled "Trumped"


Jack O'Donnell: I know Trump, and he's not fit to be president
I worked for him for three years in Atlantic City. From 1987 to 1990, I was senior executive at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. The last half of my time with Donald, I was the president and chief operating officer of the business.

At the time, Trump Plaza was the No. 1 casino on the East Coast. The property dominated the competitive landscape from both a revenue and earnings standpoint. We had a national presence through the sport of boxing — hosting 33 world-championship fights during my time alone. We hosted the first pay-per-view event for rock and roll with the Rolling Stones. We produced the largest professional cycling event ever in the United Sates, the Tour de Trump. We had a strong, positive image, and Trump Plaza was the place to be in Atlantic City.

It is now history what happened to Trump’s casinos after I left the organization: All three of his properties eventually were routed through the bankruptcy courts as a result of his mismanagement.

... Back then, Donald Trump’s ego was as big as it is today. He was short-tempered, he was judgmental without facts, he judged people based on their clothes or the color of their skin. His attention span was so small it was almost impossible to have a strategic conversation with him about the business. He would say something one minute and change his mind the next. He would demand something be done one way, only to criticize that directive later, never taking blame. He never said he was sorry for anything. He was crude and sexist toward women, he was a philandering fool publicly. He would humiliate his wife without a second thought.

Donald Trump was humorless, cold and selfish. He would hurt the little guy if he could see even the slightest gain for himself. He refused to pay his bills, he sued anyone who got in his way. He threatened people like myself for telling the truth.


... Whatever Trump does, it will be to serve himself. Donald Trump is Donald Trump.