Great Job, Internet!: Trump’s grandfather once wrote a heartfelt letter begging not to be deported

In a bitter burst of generational irony, Harper’s magazine has unearthed a letter written by Donald Trump’s grandfather, begging the ruler of Bavaria not to deport him and his family. In the 1905 letter, Friedrich Trump begs for clemency from the German nation’s Prince Luitpold, writing that it’s “very, very hard for a family” to be forcibly denied access to its home:

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree?

Trump’s family attempted to return to Bavaria after spending several years living in America, but were removed after the government found Friedrich had avoided the country’s compulsory military service. Like so many people across the years, he begs his country’s leader not to destroy his and his family’s life out of deference …

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