Ivana Trump: Donald had a book of Hitler’s speeches for light bedtime reading

After a long day of denying black people housing, Donald Trump allegedly used to kick back in bed with a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches to get ready for his adventures in slumberland.

According to a 1990 Vanity Fair article, Trump inherited complicated feelings about his German ancestry from his father, Fred:

Although Fred Trump was born in New Jersey, family members say he felt compelled to hide his German background because most of his tenants were Jewish. “After the war, he thought that Jews would never rent from him if they knew his lineage,” Ivana reportedly said …

When I asked Donald Trump about this, he was evasive: “Actually, it was very difficult. My father was not German; my father’s parents were German… Swedish, and really sort of all over Europe …”

Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, “My New Order,” which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed … Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.

When asked about the book, Trump seemed as cagey as he and his father did about their lineage:

“Did your cousin John [Walter] give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.

Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”

“I don’t remember,” I said.

“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of ‘Mein Kampf,’ and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was ‘My New Order,’ Hitler’s speeches, not ‘Mein Kampf.’ I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

Later, Trump returned to this subject. If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”

What’s up with all the dodginess surrounding the book and his German blood? Lots of people have studied the rise of history’s greatest tyrant, and lots of people are German. To intimate either of those things inherently make someone a Nazi would be preposterous. Unless … Trump’s insecurities have to do with a deeper filial connection to the ideology of the führer than he’s letting on.

As per Vanity Fair:

Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter [Trump’s cousin] works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.

That’s some sense of humor they got in their family. Did Trump inherit that from his dad, too?

[Vanity Fair | photo: Getty]