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Was Donald Trump’s KKK father, Fred C. Trump, ever a member of the German Bund and a Nazi supporter? The 1st edition of “The Art of the Deal” lies and says the family is Swedish, not German. Why? Has anyone checked FBI Bund membership records?
Newspaper clips obtained by VICE suggest the Republican frontrunner’s father may have worn the robe and hood of a Klansman in 1927.
Versions of this story emerged last September when Boing Boing arrested at a Klan rally in Jamaica, Queens, when “1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all,” in the streets. Donald Trump’s father would have been 21 in 1927 and had spent .that listed a Fred Trump among those
The news paper record of Fred C. Trump’s arrest would indicate that all 7 arrested at the Jamaica, Queens KKK rally were wearing KKK regalia at the time – “and resulted in the arrest of seven of the berobed marchers”.
I don’t know any innocent bystanders who go to KKK rallies wearing their Klansman hood and cape. Perhaps this is common practice in your neighborhood. Let me know.
I don’t think there are records of the Trump’s sympathizing with the Nazies, but then I did not think Donald would ever say the things he did in the last weeks in public on the record even if I strongly suspected that those were his views.
There is no question that the Trumps are racists, there is at least a 90 year history of their racist actions recorded in the press!did a good summary of the last 40 years the Vice article about Fred extends this history back 90 years. This is a large expert from Vice:
A few weeks after Boing Boing unearthed that 88-year-old scoop, the New York Times Donald Trump about the possibility that his father had been arrested at a Klan event. The younger Trump denied it all, telling interviewer Jason Horowitz that “it never happened” four times. When Horowitz asked if his father had lived at 175-24 Devonshire Road—the address listed for the Fred Trump arrested at the 1927 Klan rally—Donald dismissed the claim as “totally false.”
Clipping from the Long Island Daily Press, January 22, 1936
Biographical records confirm that the Trump family did live on Wareham Place in Queens in the 1940s,. But according to at least one archived newspaper clip, Fred Trump also lived at 175-24 Devonshire Road: A wedding announcement in the January 22, 1936 issue of the Long Island Daily Press,places Fred Trump at that address, and refers to his wife as “Mary MacLeod,” which is Donald Trump’s mother’s maiden name.
Moreover, three additional newspaper clips unearthed by VICE contain separate accounts of Fred Trump’s arrest at the May 1927 KKK rally in Queens, each of which seems to confirm the Times account of the events that day. While the clips don’t confirm whether Fred Trump was actually a member of the Klan, they do suggest that the rally—and the subsequent arrests—did happen, and did involve Donald Trump’s father, contrary to the candidate’s denials. A fifth article mentions the seven arrestees without giving names, and claims that all of the individuals arrested—presumably including Trump—were wearing Klan attire.
Clipping from the Daily Star June 1, 1927
The June 1, 1927, account of the May 31 Klan rally printed in a arrests, and states that four of those arrested were expected to go to court, and two were paroled. Fred Trump was the only one not held on charges.called the Daily Star specifies that a Fred Trump “was dismissed on a charge of refusing to disperse.” That article lists seven total
Clipping from the Queens County Evening News, June 2, 1927
The Klan’s reaction to the alleged police brutality at the rally was the subject of another article, published in the Queens County Evening News on June 2, 1927, and titled “Klan Placards Assail Police, As War Vets Seek Parade Control.” The piece is mainly about the Klan distributing leaflets about being “assaulted” by the “Roman Catholic police of New York City” at that same rally. The article mentions Fred Trump as having been “discharged” and gives the Devonshire Road address, along with the names and addresses of the other six men who faced charges.
Clipping from the Richmond Hill record, June 3, 1927
Yet another account in another defunct local newspaper, the Arrests,” and also lists the Devonshire Road address., published on June 3, 1927, lists Fred Trump as one of the “Klan
Clipping from the Long Island Daily Press, June 2, 1927
Another article about the rally, published by the Long Island Daily Press on June 2, 1927, mentions that there were seven arrestees without listing names, and claims that all of the individuals arrested were wearing Klan attire. The story, titled “Meeting on Parade Is Called Off,” focuses on the police actions at the rally, noting criticism of the cops for brutally lashing out at the Klan supporters, who had assembled during a Memorial Day parade.
While the Long Island Daily Press doesn’t mention Fred Trump specifically, the number of arrestees cited in the report is consistent with the other accounts of the rally. Significantly, the article refers to all of the arrestees as “berobed marchers.” If Fred Trump, or another one of the attendees, wasn’t dressed in a robe at the time, that may have been a reporting error worth correcting.
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In the decades following the 1927 rally, after Fred Trump had gone on to become a wealthy real estate developer and landlord to thousands of New Yorkers, he faced accusations of racism, some of which were relatively quiet and informal. In the 1950s, one of his tenants, folk icon Woody Guthrie, that Fred Trump had drawn a “color line” in his Brooklyn neighborhood. “I suppose / Old Man Trump knows / Just how much / Racial Hate / He stirred up,” the lyrics go. , Fred Trump, who had to the Federal Housing Administration in the 1950s, likely profited from racist practices that the government tacitly endorsed at the time.
Formal accusations of racial bias in Fred Trump’s residential real estate business eventually , around the time that his son Donald was taking over management of the company. In a lawsuit filed that year, the US Department of Justice alleged that Trump Management Corporation had violated the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by systematically denying people rentals “because of race and color.” Fred Trump, testifying as company president, said he was “ ” with the Fair Housing Act, and that he hadn’t changed his business practices after the federal law went into effect.
In 1975, the Trumpsto resolve the suit without an admission of guilt. According to a New York Times story from June 11, 1975, the Trump Management Corporation “promised not to discriminate against blacks, Puerto Ricans, and other minorities.” But in 1978, the Justice Department filed another against the company, alleging that the Trumps weren’t complying with the original terms of the 1975 settlement.
A 1979 story in the Village Voice people from renting. At times, Trump rental agents were allegedly told simply not to rent to black people. In 1983, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal looked at two “Trump Village” residential properties, and found that they were ., including allegations of racial discrimination at properties managed by Trump. According to the Voice, when there were vacancies in a Trump housing block, rental applications were secretly marked with the applicant’s race, and doormen were coached to discourage black
In subsequent years, as Donald Trump morphed into a grandstanding tabloid celebrity, he developed a reputation for agitating the public about racially-charged issues. In 1989, he faced national criticism over full-page ads he took out in New York newspapers, warning of “roving bands of wild criminals” and calling for the return of the death penalty in a veiled reference to the Central Park Five. More recently, in the lead-up to the last presidential race, he reignited right-wing conspiracies over Barack Obama’s birthplace, sending a team of investigators to Hawaii to uncover the president’s true origins.
So the fact that race has become a central part of Trump’s 2016 campaign should come as no surprise. Despite Trump’s ownthat he’s the “least racist person that you have ever met,” devoted racists like Duke are thrilled that The Donald has “ .” Trump may reject their endorsements, but that doesn’t mean they’ve rejected him in return.
Tom O’Donnell performed archive research for this story.