It is too late to stop the book that President Trump’s family didn’t want anyone to read, Simon & Schuster told a court on Thursday, the publisher having already distributed more than 600,000 copies of Mary Trump’s tell-all work, Bloomberg reported.
The book from Trump’s niece — obtained earlier this week by Business Insider — claims the president’s family as a dysfunctional clan of liars and “sociopaths.”
In particular, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” alleges that the president cheated on the SATs to get into college and that his father, a real estate kingpin, was cold and abusive, traits that he nurtured in his children.
The White House pushed back against those claims.
“President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people – why speak out now?” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews said in a statement to Business Insider earlier this week. “The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child. Also, the absurd SAT allegation is completely false.”
The Trump family, led by the president’s brother, Robert, has sought to have the work censored, alleging that it violates a confidentiality agreement, and is seeking an injunction to block it from going on sale July 14.
But in an affidavit filed Wednesday with a New York state court, Bloomberg reported, Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp argued that it was too late. An injunction, he said, “would have little impact at this point given the widespread availability of the book.”
The court is expected to issue a ruling as soon as July 10.
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