The next president is a New York native born to a Scottish immigrant and a self-made businessman. Donald Trump also might be the son of a KKK supporter.
Donald Trump, who has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, was born to Mary MacLeod, a Scotswoman from the village of Tong located on the Isle of Lewis. She settled in New York City in the 1930s, traveling from her village to the states several times prior to making it her home. During those trips via ship, her occupation was listed as a “domestic” or as a “maid.”
Trump’s mother met his father at a dance, and the two eventually fell in love and married in 1936, settling into a residence in Jamaica, Queens. In his 1997 book, “The Art of the Comeback,” Trump explained his admiration when it came to his mother. “Part of the problem I’ve had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump,” he wrote. “My mother is smart as hell,” he stated in the book. Mary Trump died on Aug. 7, 2000 in her Jamaica, Queens home.
Fred Trump was born in 1905 in New York. He started out as a builder and created a construction company while in high school. He soon was selling single family homes.
In 1927, the patriarch was arrested in Queens, New York, after a Klu Klux Klan riot, the Washington Post reported. A fight erupted during the riot involving 1,000 Klansmen in white robes. Out of the seven men who were arrested, one of them was Fred Trump. The man was taken into custody after “refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so."
During an interview with the New York Times, when questioned about his father’s arrest, Trump denied the claims. “Because my father, there were no charges against him, I don’t know about the other people involved. But there were zero charges against him. So assuming it was him — I don’t even think it was him, I never even heard about it. So it’s really not fair to mention. It never happened,” he told the reporter.
Stanley Leibowitz, Fred Trump’s former manager, has said the real estate mogul did not rent to black tenants. He recalled that during his time working for Fred Trump there once was a black applicant who applied for an apartment and should have been approved.
“I asked him, ‘What do you want me to do with this application?’ He said, ‘You know I don’t rent to n-----s. Put it in your desk drawer.’ Donald was alongside of him. He was maybe 16, 17 years old at the time. He was learning the business of his father. He was right at his side," Leibowitz told the New York Daily News.
Donald Trump has denied that his family's real estate business practiced discriminatory policies when renting out apartments. Frank Trump died on June 25, 1999.