Donald Trump is said to have owned a book of speeches by Adolf Hitler and had them kept inside his bedside cupboard.
An article in Vanity Fair from 1990 about the billionaire reported that Ivana, Trump’s wife at the time, stated that her husband had a version of “My New Order”, which contains a collection of Hitler’s speeches.
The article’s author, Marie Brenner, wrote: “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.
“Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.”
When asked by Brenner about this claim along with whether or not John Walter, his cousin, gave him the text, Trump’s response was: “Who told you that?”
He continued on and explained that it had been “his friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.”
Davis said to Vanity Fair: “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.”
Trump denied that he’d ever read any speech given by the leader of the Nazis, and said: “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
Brenner suggested that Trump, who had been suffering from difficulties with his many businesses during that time, might have looked for inspiration inside of Hitler’s “genius for propaganda” and how he had spun military losses as huge victories.
The article added that Walter would often address his cousins saying: “Heil Hitler”.