Mary Trump says she is considering changing her surname to “cut ties” with her uncle Donald Trump and the negative reputation he has brought her family.
“I am prepared to change my name if need be,” she said in an interview to The Telegraph, adding that she feared the negative connotations attached with the surname could impact her future.
She went on to reflect on her uncle’s many emotional failings, instilled in him by a father who refused to punish his “selfishness, obstinacy, or cruelty” and encouraged a “killer instinct” while discouraging qualities “like kindness and empathy”.
“As I was writing [my book] I realised that I felt enormous amounts of compassion for those children,” she said. “They had a horrible childhood and suffered enormously. But do I feel compassion for my uncle now? No.”
Rumours of a rift between the former president and his wife were sparked after she refused to pose with him for photographers upon their arrival at Florida after leaving the White House.
The video clip quickly went viral, prompting many to speculate whether a divorce was imminent. Mary Trump isn’t convinced that’s the case, but there’s certainly not much love lost between the couple either.
This lack of compassion extends to Trump’s inner circle, she says, and she blames “his enablers” almost as much as her uncle.
Asked what she would say to him if he were stood before her right now, Mary Trump didn’t hesitate. “There are just two things I’d like to say. The first, a question: ‘Donald, what movie did you go and see while my dad was dying alone in the hospital?'” she said.
“And then I’d say: ‘Your father would be horrified by what a loser you turned out to be.’ Because for him that would be worse than anything.”