Ivana Trump Says Donald Kept a Copy of Hitler’s Speeches for Bedtime Reading
Like Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler, real-estate mogul Donald Trump frequently uses racism, xenophobia, and other techniques of scapegoating to incite his coalition of angry voters.
According to a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, Ivana Trump once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her husband, Donald Trump, kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed.
“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,” Marie Brenner wrote.
When Brenner asked Trump about how he got a copy of Hitler’s speeches, “Trump hesitated” and then queried, “Who told you that.”
“I don’t remember,” Brenner replied.
Trump then 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 acknowledged. “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 in the Vanity Fair article, Trump returned to the subject of Hitler’s speeches and said, “If, I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
Ivana Trump also told a friend that her husband’s cousin, John Walter “clicks his heels and says, ‘Heil Hitler,” when visiting Trump’s office.