From Fred Trump’s arrest in a 1927 KKK battle against police, to Donald Trump Junior’s radio interview February 24, 2016, The Trump family has had an 89 year publicly documented close association with white supremacists.
Discriminate and forget, or deny any knowledge at all — that seems to be Donald Trump’s pattern, articulated as early as 1979 by Wayne Barrett, then a new reporter for the Village Voice.
Barrett published many stories about Trump’s shady business deals, and investigated for months for a two part story published in 1979 about Trump’s business dealings. At one point it tells how an investigator was trying to ascertain if Trump had the experience necessary for the Realtor’s license he had applied for: “The report states: ‘Mr. Trump further stated that he supervises and controls the renting of all apartments owned by the Trump organization…During my interview with applicant he showed me hundreds of files…Each contained numerous leases both for commercial and residential tenants…and rental records, all of which contained applicant’s signature and handwriting.’ “
In direct contradiction to the statement Trump made above to the investigator for the Realtor’s license, we have Trump’s testimony in Federal Court in a housing discrimination case at the same time:
Government: “Do you ever have anything to do with rental decisions in individual cases?
Trump: “No, I really don’t.”
Trump’s convenient memory was stiil at work in 2016, when presidential candidate Donald Trump forgot that the KKK was a white supremacist group. When asked to disavow their support by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump said, “You’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people I know nothing about.” Trump blathered on to say, “…if you give me a list of the groups, I would do research on them and I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong there.”
In the 1950s Fred Trump was reviled by Woody Guthrie who actively fought Trump’s racially discriminatory housing practices. Guthrie named Fred Trump in these lyrics:
“I suppose, Old Man trump knows, Just how much, Racial Hate, He stirred up, In the bloodpot of human hearts, When he drawed, The color line, Here at his, Eighteen hundred family project…”
Now, the latest generation of Trump’s stump on their father’s behalf and reach out to racist audiences who will vote for Donald Trump’s brand of thinly veiled “Hate Against The Others”.
February 24, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. was on the radio talk show, Liberty Roundtable, and he answered questions from white supremacist James Edwards, host of the radio show “The Political Cesspool”. Edwards has been described by U.S. civil rights groups, as “racist and anti-Semitic.”
What’s next? Will Donald Trump’s grandchildren soon be surfing the modern wave of slickly packaged prejudice and extremism?