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Trump sexualizing Ivanka and neglecting Barron linked to alleged childhood abuse by father Fred, says expert

Award-winning journalist Abigail R. Esman, whose upcoming book is called 'Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism', spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) about POTUS' relationships with his children
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President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, said she believed her uncle's pathological narcissistic behavior was directly connected to the child abuse that he faced at the hands of his father, Fred Trump. But the abuse he faced as a child did not only define him as a man; it also came to eventually define him as a father, according to an expert, who says, it led him to almost ignore the existence of his youngest son, Barron, and creepily sexualize his eldest daughter, Ivanka. 

In an interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Mary, the author of the new book, 'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man' described her grandfather as ''a sociopath'' who was ''driven in a way that turned other people, including his children, his wife, into pawns to be used to his own ends.'' As a result, in order to please his own father, Donald ''essentially had to sacrifice whatever goodness there may have been in him once, whatever capacities for experiencing the full range of human emotion to my grandfather."

As a result, when he became a father to five children from three marriages, he was unable to bestow on them the love and care that he never received from his father himself, it is postulated. We asked award-winning journalist and essayist Abigail R. Esman, whose upcoming book is called 'Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism', if Trump's childhood abuse made him a bad father and she told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), "absolutely."

U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on board Marine One November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

She went on to recount instances where Trump's neglect of his children has been well documented over the years. "We know from accounts from his children, of playing on the floor of his office or Ivana’s divorce depositions, about his unwillingness to play with the children or spend time with them (he himself said 'can you imagine me pushing a pram?') that he was certainly a neglectful father. Clearly, he barely acknowledged Tiffany until he ran for president... And there have also been eye-witness accounts of Trump beating Don jr. in front of his friends at school."

Comparing the president's relationship with his youngest child, whom he shares with first lady Melania Trump, with that of his immediate predecessor, a stark difference was noticed. ''When you think of all the loving photos of Barack Obama with his daughters – have you ever seen a photograph of Trump with his arm around Barron, or taking a walk with him, or even playing golf together? It’s as if he hardly even knows his youngest son,'' Esman said.

Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka (left) and girlfriend Melania Knauss (right) attend the "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" Costume Institute benefit gala on April 26, 2004 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Apart from neglecting Barron, his dynamics with his eldest daughter from his first marriage verged on illegal. ''As for Ivanka, the way he has sexualized her since she was a small child is arguably a form of (sexual) abuse,'' Esman said. Trump has also said openly in an interview that he would have considered dating his daughter if she was not his own blood. 

Like Mary, Esman also pointed out how Trump's behavior had been shaped by his father. ''He had the model of an emotionally distant, rageful father as his example of what the ideal man should be. To be a good man, a perfect man, for little Donald, meant to be more like his father (domineering, abusive, emotionally distant), and be so perfect his father would never be angry at him again. And only then would he be a real man,'' she said.