Trump Knocked Warren For Indian Claim, But Falsely Claimed He’s Swedish
Donald Trump made fun of Elizabeth Warren for claiming Cherokee and Delaware Native American heritage, but falsely claimed in his first book that his grandfather was from Sweden.
“She’s caught a little wave. Perhaps it’s her Indian upbringing,” Trump told theNew York Times’ Maureen Dowd. The Donald similarly retweeted a tweet referring to the Massachusetts senator as “Pocahontas Warren” in 2013.
Warren had claimed she heard about her native American from “family stories.” The veracity of that claim became a major issue in her 2012 campaign for Senate.
In his first book, The Donald said his grandfather immigrated to the United States from Sweden. As has been pointed out in multiple biographies of The Donald and a BuzzFeed News review of immigration records show, the claim isn’t true.
Trump wrote about his father and grandfather in The Art of The Deal, which Trump falsely claimed was the best-selling business book of all time.
“His story is classic Horatio Alger. Fred Trump was born in New Jersey in 1905. His father, who came here from Sweden as a child, owned a moderately successful restaurant, but he was also a hard liver and a hard drinker, and he died when my father was eleven years old,” Trump wrote.
According to census records obtained by BuzzFeed News, Trump’s grandfather and great-grandfather were actually born in Germany.