"In 1973, a brash young would-be developer from Queens met one of New York’s premier power brokers: Roy Cohn, whose name is still synonymous with the rise of McCarthyism and its dark political arts. With the ruthless attorney as a guide, Trump propelled himself into the city’s power circles and learned many of the tactics that would inexplicably lead him to the White House years later."
"Donald Trump (photographed in New York on March 1, 1995) says he acquired 50 percent of the Empire State Building without paying a penny...'This building is the worst piece of shit you've ever seen in your life,' he says in mock horror. 'It's become an embarrassment to the city of New York.' And he's just warming up. During our talks, Trump describes the Empire State Building variously as 'a dungeon,' 'Stalag 17,' and 'a shithouse,' while observing that 'the tenants down there are living in hell.'"