We know that President Trump routinely lies about the “diversity lottery” program run by the United States, claiming that countries choose their least desirable, criminal elements and leeches and then send them to the United States where they are unvetted and sent into the civilian population. We also know that every attack President Trump levels is in fact a projection, a pretended offense which in fact matches some actual wrongdoing committed by him or a member of his family. So with all that, I just learned this morning that we’ve finally found a criminal immigrant who was booted from his home country and foisted on to America: Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump.
Admittedly, this is not new information. It was unearthed in 2016 by German historian Roland Paul and widely reported in the US press just after the 2016 election. But I at least did not realize he had been ordered deported as a criminal. But the facts are these.
Trump was born in Kallstadt in 1869. He emigrated to the US in 1885 at the age of 16 to make his fortune in the Gold Rush. He ran a catering operation and a brothel and made enough money that by the end of the century he was already sending money, actually literal chunks of gold, back to New York to be invested in real estate.
He returned to Kallstadt in 1901 to get into the chain migration business. He Elisabeth Christ, whom he married and then brought her back to the US. But Elisabeth couldn’t adjust to the US. So Trump decided to repatriate to Germany – actually the principality of Bavaria, then a semi-autonomous kingdom within the German Empire.
But there was a problem. Friedrich had evaded the draft. So Bavarian authorities blocked his attempt to resettle in his native country, ordering him to leave the country forever on pain of deportation.
Trump wrote a low energy letter to Prince Regent Luitpold addressing him “the much-loved, noble, wise and righteous sovereign and sublime ruler.” But he was rejected like a dog. (Luitpold was regent due to the insanity of his two nephews Ludwig and Otto, the actual Kings of Bavaria between 1864 and 1913.) He ended up setting sail for the United States ahead of the deportation order where he spent the rest of his life. On the voyage back, Elisabeth Trump was already pregnant with Donald Trump’s father Fred Trump.