We've heard a lot of very smart folks explain how terrible Donald Trump would be for our country — John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Warren Buffett, and of course, his opponent Hillary Clinton.
But not many can talk about how terrible Trump is IN PERSON.
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Enter Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, who on Tuesday morning wrote a short piece about his many run-ins with the figure to whom he famously referred as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
The takedown is as fascinating as it is brutal, and we highly recommend it.
But if you don't have time to read the lengthy piece, here are the best five things we learned:
1. He Makes Supermodels Sick
That evening [at the White House Correspondents' Dinner] in May 1993, Vanity Fair had two tables and we filled them with the likes of Christopher Hitchens, Bob Shrum, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Peggy Noonan, Tipper Gore, and Vendela Kirsebom, a Swedish model who professionally went by her first name and who was then at or near the top of the catwalk heap. I sat Trump beside Vendela, thinking that she would get a kick out of him. This was not the case. After 45 minutes she came over to my table, almost in tears, and pleaded with me to move her. It seems that Trump had spent his entire time with her assaying the "tits" and legs of the other female guests and asking how they measured up to those of other women, including his wife. "He is," she told me, in words that seemed familiar, "the most vulgar man I have ever met."
2. He Never Lets Melania Talk
Dinner with Trump is generally a one-sided affair. He talks so much and with such velocity that it can make your hair flutter. Whatever wife he has at the time tends to say nothing. Which made his criticism of the silence of Ghazala Khan—the mother of the fallen soldier about whom her husband, Khizr, spoke at the Democratic National Convention—seem even more curious. Family dinners at the Trumps are no different, I'm told. And as a general rule, they are over in 45 minutes. Why just 45 minutes? "Because," a family member told a friend, "that's how long it takes Donald to eat."
3. His Hair Is Fragile
In the early 90s, we photographed Trump and his soon-to-be wife, Marla, in Palm Beach. At one point, Marina Schiano, our style director, decided that the Loro Piana cashmere sweater she had given Trump to wear wasn't right and asked him to take it off. Trump refused to pull it up over his head, not wanting to muss his confection of hair. So one of the assistants on the shoot had to get scissors and cut the sweater up the back.
4. He Is A Penny Pincher
At one point we sent checks for $1.11 out to 58 of the "well-known" and "well-heeled" to see who would take the time to endorse and deposit the checks from a firm we called the National Refund Clearinghouse. The ones who deposited the $1.11 checks were sent 64-cent checks, and the ones who deposited those were sent checks for 13 cents. This being in the days before electronic deposits and such, the exercise took the better part of a year. At the end, only two 13-cent checks were signed—and we couldn't believe our good fortune. One was signed by arms trader Adnan Khashoggi. The other was deposited by Donald Trump.
5. He Gets Ivanka Trump To Fight His Battles
When William D. Cohan was reporting his investigation on Trump University [January 2014], the sham series of get-rich-quick seminars, I got a call from Trump—not Donald this time, but his daughter Ivanka. She asked us to go easy on her father. I did not tell Bill about this call until the piece was printed. Like me, he was shocked that Trump allowed his daughter to do his bidding for him.
You can read the rest of the scathing editorial HERE!
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