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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 20:30 IST

Old interview of Trump's first wife Ivana claiming that he kept Hitler's speeches, resurfaces

In an old interview, Donald Trump's first wife late Ivana Trump alleged that the ex-US President used to keep a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches by his bedside

Former US President Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana Trump
Former US President Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana Trump | Image:AP
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As the race for the White House gets intense, an interview of Donald Trump's first wife Ivana Trump resurfaced in which she alleged that the former US President used to keep a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches in his bedside cabinet. The late ex-wife of the former US President made these proclamation in a Vanity Fair interview which was published in September 1990. The controversial interview resurfaced in the wake of the Republican presidential hopeful being accused of using fascist terminologies like “vermin” in his provocative speech.

In the 1990 article, the writer Marie Brenner recounts how Ivana told her then-lawyer Michael Kennedy that her husband often reads Hitler’s collected speeches, “My New Order”, which is always kept in his cabinet. “Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade," she exclaimed according to the Vanity Fair article. Bernner writes that she tried confirming it with the former US President who gave an affirmative response. “It was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew," the business-mogul-turned politician exclaimed. 

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Did Trump lie? 

When the writer further confirmed it with Davis, he refuted Trump's claim and insisted that he gifted Trump “My New Order” not Hitler's new biography. “I did give him a book about Hitler. 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," Davis said. However, Trump doubled down on his claims and insisted that he would not read Hitler's speeches. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them," the former US President exclaimed. 

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The resurfaced story came amid growing concerns that Trump could carry out an authoritarian rule if he gets back into office. While speaking to a gathering at a New Hampshire rally, earlier this week, the former US President accused immigrants of poisoning the blood of the United States. “They poison mental institutions and prisons all over the world. Not just in South America. Not just the three or four countries we think about," the former US President exclaimed. “But all over the world, they’re coming into our country, from Africa, from Asia," he added. 

In response to this, Joe Biden's campaign has since accused the former US President of “parroting Hitler”. Meanwhile, amid Trump's Republican rivals, only former New Jersey governor Chirs Christie has openly condemned Trump's proclamation. He went on to call his erstwhile friend's comment “disgusting," adding that Trump is becoming “crazier” as the day goes by. 

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 20:30 IST

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