We thought this was worth preserving: Long ago and far away, Barbara Res worked for Donald J. Trump.
She worked for Trump in a high capacity within a rather small organization. For that reason, she is sometimes invited to come on TV and describe her former boss.
On Monday night, Res appeared with Brian Williams for the first time. We thought the following remarks by Res were worth preserving:
WILLIAMS (4/22/19): What's it like for you? It's been two years plus to watch this...I mean, for you to watch this guy who was in your head and in your life, and the center of your work universe for so long, what's it been like?Res is not a pathologist. That said, she described an apparent change in cognitive capacity, and an apparent change in values. She isn't the first past associate of Trump who has described such changes.
RES: It's something that was really quite hard to—because, you know, I have very mixed feelings about, and we were closer at a point in time. And as it evolved, I couldn't believe some of things he was doing, to be honest with you. I didn't think he was quite like this. I'm surprised at him.
He's not human. He does terrible things. He's destroying the environment. He's hurting families. He's doing terrible things.
WILLIAMS: Did he know he had that in him?
RES: I did not know he had that, and I knew he was mendacious. I know that there was, you know, trickery. I knew that there was that kind of thing, but not like he is now. No.
WILLIAMS: Well, it must be interesting to be you. I mean, starting with tonight's Twitter fuselage. He was always verbal. He worked here for 14 years and—
RES: He communicated better in the older days. He's more childish now. He speaks like a kid almost. He doesn't have a good vocabulary. And he doesn't seem to focus, so he's changed in a lot of ways.
WILLIAMS: Thank you very much for coming in.
RES: My pleasure, thank you for having me.
WILLIAMS: It's a pleasure, great to get to know you. Our thanks to Barbara Res for joining us here in the studio tonight.
Has something happened to Donald J. Trump? At the start of 2018, the New York Times told the world that the press corps shouldn't discuss such questions.
Please don't discuss these life-and-death matters! This peculiar request lies at the heart of our failing upper-end culture.