“Trump wrongly claims his dad was born in Germany — for the third time”
by Bob Schwartz
Trump may be the biggest idiot in America. Or he deserves our compassion for his cognitive challenges.
Trump wrongly claims his dad was born in Germany — for the third time
Trump claims his father was born in Germany
Speaking to reporters April 2, President Trump said his father “was born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” Fred Trump was born in New York.
Of all the odd, counterfactual and conspiratorial claims President Trump has made over the past four years or so, this one may take the cake: He said Tuesday that his father was born in Germany, even though he wasn’t.
It is at least the third time he has said this.
“My father is German — was German,” Trump said. “Born in a very wonderful place in Germany, so I have a great feeling for Germany.”
This is not true. Fred Trump is of German descent, and his father was a German immigrant. But Fred Trump was born in New York.
If you ask most adults—and many children—they can tell you what country their parents were born in. You probably know what country your parents were born in. Maybe there are cases where parents were unclear or unsure, or wanted to hide their origins, but otherwise most people know.
It is possible that given Trump’s predilection to lie, this is just one more. On the other hand, maybe he is cognitively off balance, and he has actually forgotten where his father was born. Either way, every attempt by those who know where their parents were born to escape the Twilight Zone has once again been thwarted. It’s been surreal.