Trump Denies Father Fred Trump Arrested at Violent Ku Klux Klan Rally

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    Jan 11, 2016 8:36 PM GMT
    In Interview, Donald Trump Denies Report of Father’s Arrest in 1927

    ...I also asked him about a 1927 report in The New York Times, unearthed by the website Boing Boing, that listed Fred Trump as being among a group of people arrested, and then discharged, by the police in response to a Ku Klux Klan rally that had turned violent in Queens...

    ...Mr. Trump’s barrage of answers – his sudden denial of a fact he had moments before confirmed; his repeatedly noting that no charges were filed against his father in connection with the incident he had just repeatedly denied; and his denigration of the news organization that brought the incident to light as a “little website” – shows his pasta-against-the-wall approach to beating down inconvenient story lines....

    ...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.

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    Jan 11, 2016 8:39 PM GMT
    I guess the apple didn't fall too far from the Trump Tower. Puts the birther movement he pushed for into perspective.
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    Jan 11, 2016 9:29 PM GMT

    Fred Trump would have been 22 at the time. That's not excusing much, but many folks did things at a young age that they later learned to regret.

    "Byrd joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young’un by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when Byrd refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter Byrd wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II"

    "Senator Robert Byrd was a Kleagle, a Klan recruiter, in his 20s and 30s."
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    Jan 11, 2016 11:01 PM GMT
    Trump—who recently described Mexican immigrants as rapists and has a history of dubious comments about minorities—inherited his father's fortune. But he also worked alongside and was mentored by him as a young man.