Thursday, September 10, 2015

1927 news report: Donald Trump's dad arrested in KKK brawl with cops

According to a New York Times article published in June 1927, a man with the name and address of Donald Trump's father was arraigned after Klan members attacked cops in Queens, N.Y.
  • In an article subtitled "Klan assails policeman", Fred Trump is named in among those taken in during a late May "battle" in which "1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all." At least two officers were hurt during the event, after which the Klan's activities were denounced by the city's Police Commissioner, Joseph A. Warren.
  • The events described in the Times' article took place 22 years before Donald Trump was even born, and he’s not responsible for any youthful sins his father may have committed.
  • Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf  (anglicized to Frederick Trump) came to the U.S. in the 1800s.

In 1927, Donald Trump's father would have been 21 years old, and not yet a well-known figure. Multiple sources report his residence at the time—and throughout his life—at the same address.

To be clear, this is not proof that Trump senior—who would later go on to become a millionaire real estate developer—was a member of the Ku Klux Klan or even in attendance at the event. Despite sharing lawyers with the other men, it's conceivable that he may have been an innocent bystander, falsely named, or otherwise the victim of mistaken identity during or following a chaotic event.

The name of Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf, was anglicized to Frederick Trump, but he died several years before the report.

Fred Trump, who died in 1999, was a New York real estate developer and the father of mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump. Born in the Bronx to German immigrants, Fred became a real estate developer in his teens; at about the time of his apparent arrest, he was constructing single-family houses in Queens, according to his obituary in the Times. At his death, his net worth was estimated at between $250m and $300m. A savvy businessman and real estate developer, his wealth enabled the junior Trump to start big.

  • Fred Trump built his  real estate empire with about  27,000 residential properties across Brooklyn and Queens. When the elder Trump passed away in 1999 he had a net worth about $300 million.
  • In 1987 when Trump published “The Art of the Deal,” his net worth was about $1 billion.


Elisabeth Christ Trump, Trump's German Grandmother ( 1880)
Frederick Trump ,  Trump's Grandfather

Mr. Trump with his family after his announcement that he will run for president, in the lobby of the Trump Tower on June 16.

From left are: his son Eric Trump, with his wife, Lara Yunaska; Donald Trump’s son Barron Trump; Melania Trump; Vanessa Haydon and her husband, Donald Trump Jr.; his daughter Ivanka Trump with her husband, Jared Kushner; his daughter Tiffany Trump. In the front row are Kai Trump and Donald Trump III, children of Donald Trump Jr.

with Melania, 1999

Melania Trump (then Melania Knauss) on the cover of Ocean Drive in 1999

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss, Fashion Week Fall 2003


Trump's oldest kids

Donald Trump, Mayor Ed Koch, and Roy Cohn attend the Trump Tower opening in October 1983 at The Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump  with his first wife, Ivana, in 1985

Trump with Ronald Reagan


Trump under an umbrella on the phone while watching the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in New York in 1989

Trump, Don King and Jesse Jackson attend Tyson-Spinks Boxing Match on June 27, 1988 at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Donald Trump and Michael Jackson attend Taj Mahal Grand Opening on April 6, 1990 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Trump with John F. Kennedy Jr. at a 1999 New York Knicks game

Trump with Apprentice producer Mark Burnett in 2003

ELLIS ISLAND AWARDS, October 27, 1986
Eighty Americans from 42 ethnic groups were recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
The medals were presented to the recipients, all either naturalized or native Americans, at a ceremony Oct. 27 on Ellis Island. That is the day before the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, the final event of the 1986 Liberty Centennial observances.

House of Melania's parents, Viktor and Analja Knavs, in Sevnica (Slovenia)

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