February 29, 2016

THE APPLE AND THE TREE:

In Interview, Donald Trump Denies Report of Father's Arrest in 1927 (Jason Horowitz, 9/22/15, NY Times)

For a story about Donald J. Trump's childhood home of Jamaica Estates, Queens, I talked to the presidential candidate about the role his father, Fred C. Trump, played in developing the neighborhood. 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. The question, essentially, was, "Did you ever hear of this?"

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.

Here is a transcript of our conversation on the subject.

Posted by at February 29, 2016 2:06 PM

  

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