With all of President Trump’s animosity towards immigrants, he has conveniently ignored the fact that he himself is both the son and grandson of immigrants.
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His mother Mary was born in Scotland before immigrating to the United States in 1930, while his grandfather Friedrich Trump came to this country at the age of 16 in 1885 from Kallstadt, Germany.
Now the current mayor of his ancestral city has responded to Trump’s vehemently anti-immigrant sentiment with a suggestion that he believes could help temper the president’s bellicose nativist rhetoric.
Hearing about Trump’s racist call for four progressive Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came,” Thomas Jaworek, the conservative mayor of Kallstadt thinks that the president could benefit from a visit to the home of his own patrimonial lineage.
“Seeing the not-so-imposing homes of his ancestors might bring him back to earth,” Mayor Jaworek told The Washington Post in an interview.
“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,” the newspaper writes.
One Kallstadt resident, 61-year-old Beatrix Riede, leader of a women’s association in the town was completely flummoxed by Trump’s attitude towards immigrants given his family history.
“Everyone has his or her roots somewhere — and to demand of others to simply leave the country is paradoxical for him,” Riede told The Post. “I can only wish Americans that they will elect someone who turns on his mind before saying something,” she continued, expressing a contempt for the intellectual capabilities of the town’s most famous descendant.
Like many of the immigrants fleeing their home countries for the United States today, Friedrich Trump had multiple motivations for leaving his hometown.
While escaping military conscription without the convenient excuse of bone spurs was one reason for his departure from Kallstadt, economic stagnation in his native city was also a major factor.
“The stifling lack of opportunity in the village seemed to close in on him. Without any apparent opportunity for a better life, he saw what lay ahead was dreary, difficult, and poor,” author Gwenda Blair wrote in her 2001 book, The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire. “He seemed to have no choice but to leave.”
The irony of Trump’s assailing current immigrants in identical situations with similar motivations — actually made worse today by the threat of gang violence in many new immigrants’ native lands – demonstrates the president’s lack of perspective and his total absence of empathy for others, as expected given the rampant narcissistic personality disorder that many psychological professionals have diagnosed him as exhibiting.
Despite Mayor Jaworek’s suggestion that a visit to Kallstadt could be beneficial for Trump, many of the city’s inhabitants loath to see him visit their city.
One local hotelier, who refused to be identified out of fear of impacting their business, told The Post that “It’s sad that this man has origins here,” she said. “It almost makes me personally ashamed.”
Imagine how the majority of Americans feel. We have to suffer with him every day.
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