Is the villain fraudster "Trump" from a 1958 TV show based on the real life villain/real estate fraud *Fred* Trump?
I have some reason to think it is... 1/
Woody Guthrie was a tenant of Fred Trump's in 1950, and he hated him so much he wrote a song condemning "Old Man Trump." Check out this story: washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m…
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed
That color line
Here at his
1800 family project"
"Beach Haven ain’t my home!
I just cain’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain!
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven looks like heaven
Where no black ones come to roam!
No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!
“Beach Haven,” it turns out, was an apartment building erected by Fred Trump.
Guthrie moved there in 1950.
Historian Will Kaufman found a story of Fred Trump's fraud and vicious racism. You have to read this whole piece.
Kaufman explains Fred Trump engaged in racist "red-lining."
Will, look what your research connects!
“Donald did inherit his father’s racism, and was probably actively coached in his father’s racism, and worked with his father to perpetuate it,” argued Will Kaufman.
"Will introduces such previously unheard songs as “Trump Made a Tramp Out of Me” along with a host of other Guthrie songs about racial injustice and struggle."
@realDonaldTrump was about 12 when this episode aired on CBS in 1958. You know he was a TV addict then, as he is now.
Surely he and his classmates saw this show, saw the villain Trump, saw that it looked a lot like Trump's dad.
Can you imagine the teasing and shame?
When Trump was 13, sometime after this episode.
Fred said to the media that Donnie was "rough" and difficult before he sent him away. I wonder why.
It's as good a villain origins story as any. h/t @jentaub