Saturday, 15 October 2016

The rags to riches story of 'Donald Trump's mother

The Presidential campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump has taken a step to another level
with a recent release of the Access Hollywood tape that showed Donald Trump talking about groping women easily and with pride.

Before then calling Republican Presidential hopeful's wife ugly and even making comparisons with his wife Melania the 'Donald is not new to Lewd comments about women. Now about 8 women have come forward saying he touched them inappropriately between a period of time.

 This came after they watched the Anderson Cooper debate where he 'Anderson ' asked Donald Trump if what he said on the tape of Access Hollywood were mere talks or the truth. Donald out rightly denied and these women claim they need to set the records straight about him. Now the question is 'which woman raised him? Where are these views about women coming from?

What sort of mother produces a man like Donald Trump? Well, one whose roots are intriguingly close to home, it turns out.

Dailymail gathered that Donald's mom Mary Anne Trump (nee MacLeod) was a humble, hard-working, church-going Scot and fiercely devoted wife who died in 2000 aged 88 . Its surprising and difficult to understand how she could have spawned such a foul-mouthed philanderer.

Born in a crofter’s cottage in the Outer Hebrides, according to her son she arrived in New York so poor she didn’t even have shoes on her feet, yet went on to become a fixture of the city’s society and philanthropic scene.

 Mary became known for dramatic bouffant hair-dos enlivened with a dramatic dyed-orange swirl. She would drape herself in furs and jewellery, looking like a female version of Liberace.

When the British TV journalist Selina Scott was granted an audience with Mrs Trump while making a 1995 documentary about her son, she remarked how perfectly groomed she was. The 83-year-old Trump matriarch was now wearing Chanel on those once-bare feet.

Scott recalled: ‘Her finger nails were a shiny scarlet, the hair coiffured, her manner impeccable — the perfect wealthy American matron, all trace of the humble Scottish lass airbrushed away. The trophy mother.’ Donald, she added, ‘clearly worshipped her’.
But perhaps it is that hero worship of her as the ‘perfect wife and mother’ that goes some way to explain Trump’s skewed attitude to women today.

In his memoirs, Trump said he admired the way she was happy to be a housewife, while never ‘griping and bitching’ that her husband, Fred, a self-made property developer, wasn’t at home.

A gentle but determined woman, she spent much of her life in the shadow of a controlling, driven husband, and then a controlling, driven son. As Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio put it: ‘She was, in her quieter way, as tough, stubborn and ambitious as her husband.’
Trump himself described her as ‘silently competitive’ with ‘a great fighting spirit, like Braveheart’.

But for all the superlatives he occasionally heaped on her, Trump — taught by his father to respect only wealth and business success — could never mention the fact she was a ‘housewife’ without being patronising about women.

It was funny, he once mused, that his mother was a housewife all her life ‘and yet’ he had ‘hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people’.

Trump doesn’t mention his mom in his biography or his official website, either. And despite her epitomising a rags-to-riches American Dream story that could inspire voters, he has avoided bringing her up during his campaign.

His mom was the youngest child of a family of ten. Mary Anne MacLeod was born in 1912, in the small village of Tong on the Isle of Lewis. Her family were ex-crofters and her father worked as a fisherman, but the island’s economy was destroyed by the huge loss of local men in World War I.
Economic necessity drove her to follow three of her sisters and start a new life in the U.S. Mary, whose first language was Gaelic, took the SS Transylvania from Glasgow to New York in 1930.
In later life, Mrs Trump wasn’t scared to show she disapproved of her celebrity son’s shameless womanizing.

Given her son’s uncompromising stance on illegal immigration, some have questioned whether she flouted border laws and arrived on a tourist visa, although it turns out Mary did, in fact, have full immigrant status when she set sail.

With just $50 to her name, she went to live in Long Island, New York, with an older sister, Catherine, who had fled Lewis to escape the disgrace of having a child out of wedlock.

Mary, a slender, attractive brunette with blue eyes, worked as a servant for four years before Catherine introduced her to Fred Trump, a gruff, workaholic New York builder, at a dance. Fred, who a few years earlier had been arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally, went home and told his parents he had met his future wife.

They married in 1936 and he treated her to a 24-hour honeymoon in the unlovely New Jersey resort of Atlantic City .

The Trumps had five children, although the eldest of the three boys, Fred Jr, died of alcoholism in 1981. A demanding and authoritarian patriarch whose chauvinism makes his son Donald look like a hardened feminist, Fred Snr dominated the family home, enforcing curfews on the children and banning pets, bad language and even snacking between meals.

When he came home each night, Mary would dutifully report on how the children had behaved and he would hand out punishments that ranged from being grounded to smacked with a wooden spoon. Even Donald admitted his father, though a ‘wonderful guy’, was ‘not the easiest person to be married to’.

Despite bringing up five children largely on her own, the public-spirited Mrs Trump also did voluntary work at a local hospital, running herself into the ground with her workload.

If there was much sentimentality permitted in the family, Donald Trump has never mentioned it. What he preferred to dwell on endlessly is how he was inspired by his father’s relentless work ethic and driven to try to match his wealth.


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