A disturbingly interesting detail of Donald Trump’s past life was just dug up and revealed by Mother Jones.
This detail comes from a 1990 Vanity Fair profile of the businessman that was first written as his divorce from his second wife Ivana was underway. The profile was re-published in 2015 as Trump’s presidential campaign first picked up steam.
Somehow, though, a certain aspect of the messy breakup has escaped significant public attention until now.
Donald’s divorce from Ivana saw sexual assault allegations among its many components, but what Mother Jones discovered is simply disturbing at best.
Vanity Fair reported in 1990 that Ivana Trump revealed to her lawyer that her then husband, Donald, who is now running for president of the United States and effective leader of the free world, kept a copy of the speeches of Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler by his bed and read the speeches “for inspiration.”
The report from Vanity Fair reads:
‘Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, “My New Order,” which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed.’
Donald responded at the time to the allegations — allegations which would be disturbing of any supposedly respectable New York based real estate mogul, but even more so now that said businessman is running for the highest office in the United States — and has an about one in three chance of succeeding at that run and occupying the Oval Office come January.
Trump told reporters back in the early ’90s that he got the book from a friend and didn’t really ever read it. The source of the book was supposedly better because his friend was — supposedly — Jewish.
Trump’s defense, as reported by Mother Jones, reads:
‘”Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” [a reporter] asked Trump.
‘Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
‘”I don’t remember,” [the reporter] said.
‘”Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of ‘Mein Kampf,’ and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was ‘My New Order,’ Hitler’s speeches, not ‘Mein Kampf.’ I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
‘Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”‘
Trump seemed to take the accusation that he read Hitler’s speeches for inspiration in stride, throwing it off like it was nothing. Trump didn’t even find it pressing enough to specifically comment on whether or not he even had the book claimed to be in his possession by Ivana.
This same attitude was recently displayed by another member of the Trump family when Donald Trump Jr. made a joking reference to gas chambers in a Pennsylvania radio interview.
This seemingly familial lighthearted attitude towards Nazi Germany underlies the elder Donald’s ease of proposing policies that find their immediate past precedent in Hitler’s regime — policies such as deporting entire people groups in a supposed effort to solve national problems.