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'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter Says Trump Is 'Half Awed and Half Frightened by Black People'

The president's relationship to race is troubling.

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When CNN’s John Berman interviewed The Art of the Deal coauthor Tony Schwartz about the LaVar Ball controversy, Schwartz made a startling comment about President Trump's overall perspective about black people.

“What is it about Lavar Ball that bothers the president so much? Is it what he said or, as some are alleging, how he looks?” Berman asked.

“Both. So, first of all, his father is a tall black man, and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by black people, and his only way of dealing with them is to attack them,” Schwartz said. “And, on the other hand, I think he has a zero tolerance for any criticism of any kind, that’s why he goes after anybody that says virtually anything about him that’s negative."

“Awed and afraid of black people. That’s a big statement. Based on what?” Berman responded.

“I watched him. He was unequivocally awed during the many times I saw him with members of the team he owned in the UCFL and when he sponsored prize fights,” Schwartz said. “I think he had this ambivalent relationship where he wished he could have been an athlete like they were. And on the other hand, if he felt fear, he always felt aggression and a need to put them down."

Watch the segment below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.