How Donald Trump’s father instilled a culture of racism & patriarchy in the family

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 7, 2020

Mary Trump tells the story of growing up in the Trump family with her uncle Donald Trump and grandfather Fred Trump in a new book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” In response to her grandfather’s arrest at a 1927 Klu Klux Klan riot in New York, Mary Trump expresses surprise that Fred Trump “would take time away from his business to go do anything,” but is not shocked “that he shared the sentiments.” Growing up, she recalls Fred Trump held all the power in the family, which was centered around building up his real estate empire. “In my family, being kind was considered being weak,” Mary Trump says. “Since my grandfather ran my family as a zero-sum game, and there could only be one winner and everybody else was a loser, Donald was determined to win.”

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