New reports have emerged that suggest Donald Trump’s father was not only a racist — he could have been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Back in 1979, the Village Voice reported that the Trumps — Donald Trump and his father Fred — had refused to rent their properties to black tenants. The report quotes an agent as saying Fred Trump told him not to rend to black people, and also to actively encourage any existing black tenants to pack up and leave.
However, decades earlier, Fred Trump had done something even more abhorrent: He attended a Ku Klux Klan rally. According to a New York Times article from June 1927, the elder Trump was arrested at a KKK rally in Queens.
Fred Trump was one of several attendees detained after a fight between police and “1,000 Klansmen.”
The Times quotes then-New York Police Commissioner Joseph Warren, who said the Klansmen had worn gowns and hoods covering their faces.
Curiously, Fred Trump was eventually “discharged” — he ended up being the only one out of seven men arrested at the rally who was not charged with a criminal offence.