Gwenda Blair wrote the 2001 book that gave John Oliver the impetus to start his online campaign to help the American (and world) public see Donald Trump through the prism of his ancestor, his grandfather Friedrich Drumpf. Last year, Deutsche Welle published an interview with the author that quite naturally managed to escape everyone’s attention. But now that Mister Oliver has put her book on the table again, here is Gwenda Blair talking to Michael Knigge.
Blair said that Trump’s “grandfather Friedrich Drumpf came to the United States in 1885 which was the height of German immigration to the United States when he was 16. His family was from Kallstadt, winegrowers. The first step to the Donald Trump we know today is that his grandfather did not want to be a vintner, nor did he want to be a barber which is what he was trained to do when he first said he did not want to be involved in growing grapes. He came to New York and, after he learnt English, he went to the West Coast, ran restaurants, amassed a nest egg, then went back to Kallstadt, married the girl next door and brought her to New York. But she was extremely homesick, so they went back to Kallstadt and he tried to repatriate because he had become an American citizen. But whether on purpose or not, he had managed to miss military service – when he left he was too young and after he came back he was just a couple of months too old, which he said was absolutely coincidental. German authorities however thought this was not coincidental at all and refused to let him repatriate. They said he was a draft-dodger, expelled and deported him to the place he came from – the United States – which is how the Trumps ended up as Americans after all instead of simply being a family in Germany that had a grandfather who had spent some years in the United States””.
Turns out, both Trump and Drumpf are basically shysters . . . as in a persons who use unscrupulous, fraudulent, or deceptive methods in business. Anyways, Blair continued that “Grandpa Trump built his restaurants on land that he did not own. In that time of the Gold Rush in the Klondike, it was the Wild West period. It was wide open, very raw, lots of single men desperately trying to find gold – and prostitutes. And Grandpa Trump’s restaurants had liquor, food and access to women. His restaurants had little cubicles off to the sides with heavy curtains – so called private rooms for ladies – which was absolutely understood to mean prostitutes. His establishment was not the exception there, but he certainly did well by that. And after that he went back to Germany and claimed that he was quiet man who avoided bars in his petition to repatriate. His son Fred, who made his money in real estate in the outer boroughs of New York City, was very good at finding loopholes. When he was building state-financed housing he set up shell equipment companies and then rented bulldozers and trucks from himself at very high and inflated prices. It was not illegal, but he was pushing the edge and bending the rules. He was very good at that. Donald in turn has been very good at finding loopholes and bending rules when he built Trump Towers for example. He hired undocumented Polish workers to do the demolition of the building that had been there before, paid them very low wages and had them sleep on the building site, because they were on such a rushed schedule. Later on he said he had not noticed that they were undocumented which he could not have missed. He is very good at that”.
Talking about the Donald specifically, Blair argues that she does not think that “contradictions have ever bothered him, which has been confounding obviously to people observing the primary race. He is all over the map politically and I don’t think it matters to him. He used to be a Democrat, but now he’ll be a Republican. Now he is conservative, but he used to be liberal. He used to be for the right for an abortion, now he is hedging back on that. He used to be for immigration reform, now he is against. He moves back and forth very fluidly. I think that is the least bit of concern”.
 “What Donald Trump learned from his German grandpa Friedrich Drumpf” DW (09 Sep 2015). http://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-learned-from-his-german-grandpa-friedrich-drumpf/a-18701551.
 “What Donald Trump learned from his German grandpa Friedrich Drumpf”.
 What Donald Trump learned from his German grandpa Friedrich Drumpf”.