Apparently unaware that he’s already clinched the title of worst sentient being in the Western Hemisphere by a Secretariat-like margin, Donald Trump padded his lead today, calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” in front of a group of Native American veterans he was supposed to be honoring.
Well, being half circus barker and half circus peanut, he probably couldn’t resist sharing his rapier, Dane Cook-like wit with his new friends, even though they were the last people in the world who would ever want to hear something so grotesque.
So let’s just take the inappropriateness of today’s outburst as read and move on to the hypocrisy of it.
For while Warren still contends that, based on family lore, she can rightly claim Native American heritage, Trump and his family have without a doubt been lying about their own ancestry for decades.
In the seminal book The Art of the Deal — and by “seminal” I mean that Trump continues to masturbate to it fortnightly — Trump claimed that his grandfather came to America from Sweden, even though he was actually German.
Here’s how Business Insider summed up the “misunderstanding”:
[I]t's not true. At least not according to the biographies The Trumps: Three Generations That Built An Empire by Gwenda Blair, and The lost tycoon by Henry Hurt.
In their research into the Trump family, both authors have come to the conclusion that the Swedish origins was just a story invented by Trump's father. During the middle of the 19th century [sic], Trump's true descent — German — was simply bad for business.
“In the 1940s, people, especially in the real estate industry in New York, didn't want to hear that somebody was German — so let's get rid of that. Let's be Swedish,” Gwenda Blair said in an interview with Inside Edition.
According to The New York Times, Donald Trump even asked his father why he had to keep the lie going at the time of writing Trump: the Art of the Deal.
Henry Hurt writes that the reason for continuing the story was to not upset the Jewish tenants of Trump real estate, reports Aftonbladet.
The true story is that Trump's grandparents on his father's side came to America from the German town of Kallstadt in 1905. On his mother's side, Trump's ancestry is Scottish.
"I don't believe there's any Swedish ancestry whatsoever," biographer Gwenda Blair said.
Coincidentally (or perhaps not), The Art of the Deal is the same book in which Trump coined “truthful hyperbole,” which is a modern presidential term for bald-faced lying.
So what horrible thing(s) will Trump — aka the Swedish Chafe — do or say tomorrow?