Queens, NY

Donald Trump has torn families apart at border crossings and sent children to caged internment camps with squalid living conditions. He has also expressed a desire to round up homeless people and dispatch them to guarded government facilities. This American with parents who were directly threatened by the scourge of Nazism and fascism does not need anyone defining life in an increasingly fascist state. We are living in one.

Trump has expressed admiration for Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. He kept a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches on his bed stand. Trump openly praised violent torch-bearing Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia as “fine people” and he has proudly stood by some of the world’s worst dictators. It would not be fair to liken Trump’s gangsterism to such outlaws as Al Capone. Capone opened up food kitchens in Chicago during the Great Depression and fed unemployed workers on his own dime. Meanwhile, in New York, Trump’s racist father, Fred Trump, Sr., had other interests, including membership in the Queens chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Also active in the New York-New Jersey region was the German American Bund or Amerikadeutscher Bund, an organization that supported Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party and the goals and aspirations of the “New Germany.” The Bund had been created in May 1933 on the orders of German Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess. By the early 1930s, New Yorkers, including first generation German American Fred Trump, had lost interest in the Klan. After all, it was always a Southern-rooted racist group and it was never a good fit among the recently arrived non-Jewish and non-Catholic European immigrant families populating the Northeast. The Bund only accepted as members Americans of German descent. People like Fred Trump, Sr., whose father – a German Lutheran — hailed from Kallstadt, Bavaria.

The Bund established its national headquarters at 178 East 85th Street in the heavily German neighborhood of Yorkville in Manhattan. The height of the Bund’s activities was a February 20, 1939 rally at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It drew some 20,000 Bund members and Nazi supporters. Donald Trump has done his very best to lie about his father’s life in New York during this time frame. He has even gone as far as echo his father’s tall tale that the Trump family was Swedish, when, in fact, they once spelled their name “Drumpf” in their native Bavaria. Considering Fred Trump’s blatant racism in the pre-war years – his policy was not to rent any of his apartment units in Queens and Brooklyn to blacks – it stands to reason that he would have been attracted to the Bund. After all, their vision of a future America was one devoid of blacks, Jews, and others who Hitler referred to as Untermenschen, or non-Aryan inferior people.

Oddly, Fred Trump’s FBI file – which includes the 1927 arrest at the KKK march – appears to be missing his pre-war and immediate post-war year activities. The file does not resume until the 1960s, when the FBI began monitoring the elder Trump’s association with Mafia syndicates involved in the construction trade New York.

It is known that “Old Man Trump,” the appellation given him by folk singer Woody Guthrie in a 1950 song by the same title, continued his racist ways after the war. Guthrie, who had the misfortune of renting a unit in the Trump-owned Beach Haven Apartments in Brooklyn, penned the following lyric: “Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower. Where no black folks come to roam. No, no, Old Man Trump! Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!”

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