Homeland Of Trump’s Grandpa Troll Him Over ‘Go Back Home’ Racism

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Donald Trump has tried insisting that his tweets attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tliab, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, wasn’t racist in any way. His defenders have tried saying he was referring to their congressional districts when he told them “go back” to their home countries. Trump has already contradicted both of those statements, and only keeps making matter worse, as usual.

In the village in Germany where Trump’s grandfather was raised, the mayor says that Trump seems to have forgotten that he, too, is from an immigrant family. The president has repeatedly said that his father was born in Germany, which would have made him a first generation immigrant on his father’s side. His birth certificate says he was born in New York.

The Washington Post wrote that:

‘in the aftermath of Trump urging four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came,” some in this once economically depressed town are urging the U.S. president to remember where his own family came from.

‘“Seeing the not-so-imposing homes of his ancestors might bring him back to earth,” said Thomas Jaworek, the conservative mayor of Kallstadt, where Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born and then left as a teenager.’

‘Trump’s grandfather had been born there and migrated to the United States in search of opportunity. Many of the 1,200 residents of the town, uncomfortable with the spotlight and the populist rhetoric Trump espoused, wished the eventual American president would forget about their quiet corner in Germany.’.

The small town where the Trump family originated is not a wealthy area and is, in fact, rather impoverished. Trump said if the freshman congresswomen want to complain about this country, they should go home and fix the governments and economies in the “places from which they came.” Perhaps Trump should do the same.

‘Jaworek said many of his constituents align with the rest of Germany’s views that President Trump is a threat. While he has little interest in hosting the U.S. president — citing the security and media frenzy it would cause — the mayor said that if Trump were to visit, he hoped the president would at least leave Kallstadt with a changed view on migration, citizenship and belonging.

‘After all, Friedrich Trump was a migrant.’

 

The Washington Post says that Trump comments on Rep. Omar’s and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s national polls is misleading, and only those voting in their districts will matter in 2020.

‘The poll doesn’t say what Trump claims it said. The president’s wording implies that Omar and Ocasio-Cortez have low national favorability ratings. But the poll only surveyed white voters who had two years of college or less — an already-Republican-leaning group. I would guess that in a national poll, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar would post better, though maybe still not great, favorability ratings.’

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