Weird History

Woody Guthrie Wrote Songs About His Distaste For Fred Trump

In 2015, future President Donald Trump said: "My legacy has roots in my father's legacy." But it's not just a penchant for business that trickles down from the top of the gold-encrusted Trump family tree. Trump's dad Fred had an unexpected occupant in one of his New York properties in the early 1950s: American balladeer and social justice warrior Woody Guthrie. And guess what? Guthrie was no fan of Old Man Trump.

While contemporary musicians like Adele, Miley Cyrus and Waka Flocka Flame have all taken to social media in order to slam Donald Trump's ideals, this was merely round two. Over 60 years ago, Guthrie was feverishly penning tunes lambasting Fred Trump for racist behavior. "Old Man Trump," Guthrie's song about Fred, exposed a dark world where the landlord and rumored KKK affiliate profited off of an apartment complex that housed only white families. It included the scathing lines, "I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate/He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts/When he drawed that color line."