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Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Says He’s Helping Hillary Clinton as Penance for ‘Creating a Monster’

September 27, 2016, 1:00 AM UTC
The New York Times 2014 DealBook Conference
Tony Schwartz speaks onstage during The New York Times DealBook Conference at One World Trade Center on December 11, 2014 in New York City.
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Donald Trump’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, said he is helping Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in her effort to defeat Trump in their first head-to-head debate Monday for free as penance for “creating a monster.”

Schwartz, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, made the comments to CNN ahead of the highly anticipated showdown between Trump and Clinton at Hofstra University in New York.

“He’s a liar then. He’s a liar now,” Schwartz said.

The writer worked with Trump on his widely successful 1987 bestseller, The Art of the Deal. Earlier this summer, Schwartz told The New Yorker that he regrets helping Trump with the book. “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said at the time. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”