- 23 Nov 16
The USA might have had a very different President-elect right now – if it wasn’t for the fact that Donald Trump's grandfather was booted out of Germany, according to a legal decree that was recently discovered.
It seems somewhat ironic considering that the ex-reality TV star has vowed to expel between 2 or 3 million illegal immigrants once he gets his hands on the keys to the Oval Office.
President-elect Trump could be left red-faced by the revelation that a royal decree, which has just been unearthed by historian Ronald Paul, forced his German-born grandfather Friedrich Trump to leave Bavaria forever in 1905 and make the journey back to America.
Friedrich Trump originally emigrated to the USA in 1885, but moved back home to Bavaria in 1904. "However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation,” historian Ronald Paul told a German newspaper.
The decree ordered that the “American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” was to leave Bavaria within an eight-week time-frame by “the very latest on 1 May ... or else expect to be deported”.
Germany's leading tabloid newspaper, Bild has describes the findings of the “unspectacular piece of paper” as one that certainly “changed world history”.
Friedrich was forced to take the boat back to America, along with his then three-months pregnant wife who later gave birth on US soil to their son Fred – the father of President-elect Donald Trump.
Born in 1869, Friedrich Trump had originally left his homeland at aged 16 to escape poverty by going over to America to make his fortune.
It’s clear Donald Trump inherited his own entrepreneurial streak from his ancestors: his grandfather set-up a catering business to feed the hungry mouths out on the gold rush trail. He would regularly get paid with little gold nuggets, which he sent to his two sisters who were in the property game in New York.
Friedrich’s life was changed forever when he returned to his hometown of Kallstadt on a holiday in 1901 and fell in love with Elisabeth Christ. The happy couple married the following year and then returned to the US.
But his wife soon became homesick and they headed back to Europe in 1904 with their first child – only for Friedrich to be expelled from Bavaria, shortly after his wife had fallen pregnant with their second of three children. In documents unearthed by the historian, Friedrich wrote to Bavaria’s Prince pleading his case. He addressed the prince in his letter as “the much-loved, noble, wise and righteous sovereign and sublime ruler”.
But Friedrich’s desperate appeal to the prince fell on deaf ears. One can easily imagine similar pleas from illegal aliens to president-elect Donald Trump will also fall on deaf ears, as he now plots to deport between 2 and 3 million of them and erect a wall at the Mexican boarder.
You can’t help but wonder what Friedrich would make of his own grandson’s plans to deport such a vast number of illegal aliens given his own plight of being in a similar boat of facing deportation.
Meanwhile, according to the German media, the citizens of the tiny town of Kallstadt joke that Trump’s election can be blamed on the German authorities! Yet at the same time, one can imagine that they'll probably be equally – surprise, surprise – somewhat unenthusiastic about claiming Donald Trump as one of their own!