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05/23/2018 06:36 am ET

Philip Roth Once Torched Donald Trump In The Most Literary Way

"A massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac."

Literary giant Philip Roth’s critical comments about President Donald Trump are being remembered following the author’s death at the age of 85 on Tuesday.

In a January 2017 interview with The New Yorker, Roth described Trump as “just a con artist” while comparing him with the leading character Charles Lindbergh in his 2004 novel “The Plot Against America.”

Trump was “humanly impoverished” and “ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance” and “destitute of all decency,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning author added.

Roth also slammed Trump for “wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English.”

The novelist struck a similar tone in an interview with The New York Times in January, calling Trump “a massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies” and “devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac.”

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