Flim-flaming appears to run in the Donald Trump family and now there is proof. In a letter, the president-elect’s grandfather pled with Germany not to deport him. With the entire world’s eyes on U.S. election of the billionaire, the German newspaper Bild unearthed and published that letter, shown below.
If we climb up the Trump family tree, we can see how Trump’s grandfather Friedrich Drumpf wrote to Bavarian Prince Luitpold, the ruler of the part of Germany where the Drumpf family lived in secret. He begged for the prince to return his German citizenship:
When the president-elect’s grandfather arrived in the U.S., he changed his name to the Americanized version, Frederick Trump. He was running from Germany’s mandatory military service. The deportation was automatic at that time.
The Washington Post analyzed and translated the letter where the elder Trump wrote a “most subservient request” to the “well-loved, noble, wise and just” prince. He was hoping the prince would return his German citizenship.
After the grandfather escaped his military duty by running to the U.S., he decided to go west and follow the Gold Rush in the late 1800’s. He wasn’t interested in digging for it; instead, Trump opened several taverns and a brothel. A twentieth century newspaper man wrote:
‘I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex.’
Trump’s grandfather’s wife missed her homeland and talked him into moving back to Bavaria on the sly. They lived there until the German authorities discovered them. Grandfather Trump wanted Prince Luitpold to rescind his deportation. That was when he wrote the letter begging Germany to give him back his citizenship. The couple wanted to live in his hometown, Kallstadt. But the Bavarian authorities wrote:
‘The American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump, currently residing in Kallstadt, is hereby informed that he is to depart the state of Bavaria, or face deportation.’
Ironically, Donald Trump has said he plans to deport millions of immigrants.
Avoiding military service must be in the genes, because Donald Trump deftly avoided the Vietnam War, too. He had four education deferments, because he was in college. When those ran out he arranged for a doctor’s letter saying he had bone spurs, which was a get-out-of-the-military-free card according to his draft document.
Since Germany remained firm on their deportation, Frederick Trump lived in the United States until he died in Queens, New York in 1918.
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H/T: Washington Post