Donald Trump has been caught throwing stones from his glass house again.
After calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Pocahontas,” in reference to his belief Warren has misstated her heritage, the Boston Globe's Matt Viser resurfaced a story Monday that suggests the Trump family did exactly what the president claims Warren did.
A July 16 report from The Boston Globe revealed how Fred Trump lied about his own heritage to benefit his business ventures:
The family hid its German heritage, in large part because Fred Trump was trying to sell apartments, often to Jewish tenants, in the aftermath of World War II.
“He said, ‘You don’t sell apartments after the war if you’re German,’ ” John Walter, a family historian and one of Donald Trump’s cousins, said in an interview. “So he’s Swedish, no problem.”
Donald Trump would subsequently repeat the claim of Swedish heritage in his book, “The Art of the Deal,” before abandoning the claim and owning up to his German heritage in a later book.
Confronted by the Globe, Trump admitted the lie — and explained how his father benefited from it:
When asked why his father claimed he was Swedish, Trump told the Globe, “Well, he spent time in Sweden. And he talked about Swedish because of the fact, you know, we happened to be at war with Germany, which I guess makes sense in a lot of ways doesn’t it? But he spent time in Sweden.”
“Our country was at war with Germany,” he added. “So being from Germany didn’t necessarily play so well for a period of time.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the president's objection to Warren's claimed Native American heritage, stating: “I think what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”
The controversy surrounding Warren's heritage first emerged during the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Warren had claimed Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but she could not prove it beyond the fact she was told that was her heritage as a child.
Claims Warren advanced her career because of her supposed Native American heritage are disputed — Warren maintains she gained no advantage in her earlier career because of the claim. What isn't so ambiguous is how Fred Trump benefited by hiding his own heritage.