Trump just said “my father is German, was German. Born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” Fred Trump was born in New York. pic.twitter.com/U6eWYPzjrJ
— Tommy MMXIXtopher (@tommyxtopher) April 2, 2019
Let’s be fair to presidents and other politicians. When you have to speak a lot and for long periods of time in public, you will inevitably mangle words and they won’t always come out right. We laugh and criticize them for it, but we could cut them a break. It’s going to happen and is usually harmless.
That’s why we should give Trump a pass on saying that his father was born in Germany. We should assume that he meant his grandfather. I joked on twitter about the potential following headlines:
- Trump claims he’s First Anchor Baby President
- Trump requesting his own father’s birth certificate
- The healthiest president ever
- Trump Proves Immigrant Parents a National Security Threat
Joking aside, there is a serious question to be asked about Trump’s obsession with immigrants, including his pushing the conspiracy theory that Obama’s own authenticity as an American should be challenged due to the foreign birth and nationality of his father.
This is all very strange taking into account that Trump has closer ties to immigration than any other US president in memory. In fact, Trump’s family ties to the U.S. are newer than Obama’s (the first Trump arrived in the U.S. in 1885). Trump’s own mother was an immigrant. On his father’s side, both of his grandparents were immigrants. Two of his three wives are immigrants, and four of his five children have immigrant mothers and immigrant grandparents and have spoken a language other than English at home. Trump’s current in-laws emigrated to the U.S. and obtained U.S. citizenship as a result of their immigrant daughter’s marriage to Trump.
So it begs the question: does Trump have an immigrant complex? Maybe he’s just a self-hating child, husband and father of immigrants?
UPDATE April 9, 2019
Trump has just said that the “Country is FULL“. That’s ironic coming from a man whose entire household – with one exception I will get to in a moment – are all either foreign born or the children of someone foreign born. In other words, they are all either immigrants or first generation Americans. The one exception? Tiffany, the least favored and least featured Trump child, is the only immediate member of his family with two non-immigrant parents. Don Jr.? Mom’s an immigrant. Eric? Mom’s an immigrant. Ivanka? Mom’s an immigrant? Barron? Mom’s an immigrant. Melania? Immigrant. Trump? Mom’s an immigrant. You almost think that Trump shuns the only real American in the family.
If Trump thinks the country is so full, why no start with his own household?