Op-ed: Many of the controversial events in Donald Trump’s life occurred previously in previous generations of what was once the Drumpf family.
In no particular order, the question of draft-dodging. To avoid military service, a grandparent immigrated to the U.S., made a fair amount of money and returned to his native Kallstatd.
According to the newly released book, “The Making of Donald Trump” by Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Cay Johnston, local officials were not impressed by his fortune and told him to leave. He returned to the U.S.
Johnston has followed Trump’s career for decades.
The Making of Donald Trump
It has been widely reported that Trump himself avoided the draft, even after college, because he had bone spurs. It is a minor problem that often does not require treatment. It didn’t stop Trump from being an athlete in college.
Later, he claimed he escaped Vietnam because he had a high draft lottery number.
As to the claim that his wife, Melania, entered the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1995 and worked as a model, there also is a precedent.
Greatgrandfather Friedrich Trump lied about his age and claimed he had arrived in America two years before he had to qualify to become a citizen, according to Johnson.
Then there are claims he has support of white supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klan. Its leaders have endorsed him.
“Boing Boing dug up an old New York Times article from May of 1927 that listed a Fred Trump among those 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 most of his life in Queens,” Vice reported.
The book reports Trump had been investigated on many occasions, and managed to escape going to jail. He also was associated with crime families, and found to have denied apartmental rentals to blacks.
The Hillary Clinton campaign must be feeling a grand case of schadenfreude as it watches its polls rise and Trump's plummet.
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