December 22, 2015 6:45 pm -


Dave Shiflett says the book he wrote that had Donald Trump’s name on it in 2000 is “a work of fiction.”

Mr. Trump and I made a pretty good team. He needed words, I needed money, and together we explored what he would do if he became president. I have long considered the resulting book my first published work of fiction.

…Mr. Trump has leveraged fear of Islamist mass murderers, concerns over a slack economy, and widespread disdain for the forces of cultural bullying into a forceful lunge for the presidency. He’s serious about the job, and plenty of people are serious about him.

This is a vast change from 2000, when Mr. Trump (by my estimation) was simply another rich guy out on a lark, forming an “exploratory” committee and flirting with running under the Reform Party flag. He was bombastic but out to make headlines, not history. It was a short-lived dance through the spotlight—and plenty of fun…

Mr. Trump…pronounced himself a big fan of diversity, inclusiveness and civility…

Mr. Trump denounced the murder in Wyoming of the young gay man Matthew Shepard, the harassment of Jews and all other “hate crimes.” He praised friends who had taught him about the “diversity of American culture” and “left me with little appetite for those who hate or preach intolerance.” Among those friends were Sammy Sosa, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Muhammad Ali…

there is also a tragic element to the rise of candidate Trump. In what should be his finest hour, he acts as if he had been raised in a barn (as we rustics like to say). It isn’t just his barking-dog stridency but also his habit of calling respectable, hardworking people “losers.” For someone who has been given so much in life, it’s an especially odious line of attack.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.