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His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
- Walter C. Langer, A Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler, Office of Strategic Services, 1943, p. 51 (also on Amazon, 2012)


''Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.

''“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.

''Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”

''“I don’t remember,” I said.

''“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
- MARIE BRENNER, After The Gold Rush, Vanity Fair, SEPTEMBER 1990 [also in 7 TAKEAWAYS FROM VANITY FAIR’S 1990 PROFILE OF DONALD TRUMP


He said it. “Grab ’em by the pussy.” ...
President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his. ...
In the days, weeks and months to follow, I was highly critical of the idea of a Trump presidency. The man who once told me — ironically, in another off-camera conversation — after I called him out for inflating his ratings: “People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you,” was, I thought, not a good choice to lead our country.
- BILLY BUSH, Billy Bush: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That, DEC. 3, 2017


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