Resurfaced Interview Ignites Debate: Trump's Alleged Bedside Book of Hitler's Speeches

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.19 - 2023 10:20 PM CET

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Trump's Alleged Bedside Book of Hitler's Speeches.

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An interview with Ivana Trump, the late first wife of Donald Trump, originally published in Vanity Fair in September 1990, has recently garnered renewed attention.

In the interview, Ivana Trump alleged that Donald Trump kept a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches, titled "My New Order," in his bedside cabinet. This claim has resurfaced amidst controversies surrounding Trump's recent remarks.

During a speech in New Hampshire, the former president made contentious comments about immigrants, which critics have likened to Hitler's "blood and soil" rhetoric. This comparison has brought the decades-old Vanity Fair article back into focus, with its revelations about Trump's alleged possession of Hitler's speeches.

In the interview, Ivana Trump described discovering the book in Trump's cabinet and mentioned it to her lawyer, Michael Kennedy.

When Donald Trump was asked about the book, he neither confirmed nor denied owning it, stating, "If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them."

The article's resurgence is part of a broader examination of Trump's remarks and actions that have been perceived as controversial or having historical parallels with fascist ideologies.

In 2018, during a presidential visit to Europe, Trump allegedly expressed admiration for Hitler, commending the Nazi leader for his role in reviving Germany's economy in the 1930s. These comments, though made in private, have contributed to the scrutiny of Trump's historical and political references.

More recently, Trump's use of the term "vermin" to describe his opponents has sparked further criticism. This term, with its strong fascist connotations, has added to concerns about Trump's rhetoric and its potential implications. The resurfacing of the Vanity Fair article thus plays into ongoing debates about Trump's political language and its historical echoes.

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