Lord Cheeto has spent years attacking immigrants and since his inauguration it has only gotten worse. Terrified immigrants across the country are being rounded up by the Tangerine Tyrant’s “Deportation Force,” many times in front of their children, and carted off to detention centers to await their removal. It’s hard to understand how in the actual feck this guy can have such a hatred for immigrants though given his history. His mother was an immigrant, two of his three wives are immigrants and his grandfather was not only an immigrant, but once begged a government not to deport him.
That’s right. In 1905, Donald Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was sent a letter by the government of Bavaria (now southwest Germany) and told he had to get out of their country. Ironically, one of the reasons was his failure to complete the country’s mandatory military service. Friedrich, who was a naturalized American citizen at the time begged Prince Luitpold of Bavaria to let him stay.
Trump’s grandfather’s letter surfaced late last year and was verified this week by Snopes:
The following letter was translated from German by Harper’s magazine.
Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!
I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.
After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.
The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.
But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.
Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.
In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.
Your most humble and obedient,
His grandfather was just as upset as the people Cheeto is targeting now. And like the immigrants in America who have begged for mercy from the Terrible Tyrant, Friedrich’s request was denied and he was forced to leave.
Ironic, isn’t it?