Opinion | Nancy Pelosi Spanks the First Brat


A relentless stream of strangers lined up at their home in Baltimore’s Little Italy, looking for meals and assist. One in every of Pelosi’s most arresting recollections, she advised CNN’s Dana Bash, was giving immigrants who got here to the door recommendation on get into the initiatives or to the hospital.

Alexandra, Pelosi’s documentarian daughter, recounts this anecdote: Her son, Thomas — who was named after Huge Tommy and who stood on the speaker’s aspect as she reclaimed her gavel — needed an Xbox in 2017, so he arrange a lemonade stand in Manhattan and raked in $1,000.

His grandmother sat him down and requested, “That’s going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, proper?”

He arrange the stand once more the subsequent yr and was as soon as extra schooled by his grandmother asking, “That’s going to the victims of the California wildfires, proper?”

Distinction that with Don Jr.’s uncharitable message on Instagram on Tuesday: “ why you’ll be able to take pleasure in a day on the zoo? As a result of partitions work.”

The place the D’Alesandros noticed the downtrodden and immigrants as folks to weave into the American dream, the Trumps noticed suckers to squeeze.

Based on The Instances’s blockbuster tax investigation, Fred lavished Donald with three belief funds and $10,000 Christmas checks. When Donald was eight, he was already a millionaire, due to his tax-scamming father. Fred Trump was hauled earlier than a congressional panel investigating whether or not he had looted authorities cash by way of fraud. (One congressman stated the patriarch’s chicanery made him “nauseous.”)

By the point Donald was 27, he had absolutely absorbed Trump household values, a callous inversion of noblesse oblige: He and his father had been getting sued by the Justice Division for refusing to lease to blacks. As Woody Guthrie, who lived in a Fred Trump complicated close to Coney Island, wrote in a tune, “I suppose/Outdated Man Trump is aware of/simply how a lot/racial hate/he stirred up/within the bloodpot of human hearts.” Not fairly the identical as “This Land Is Your Land.”

Fred’s favourite parlor trick was calculating large numbers in his head. However when Howard Stern had Donald, Ivanka and Don Jr. on his present in 2006 and requested them a multiplication query, they had been all stumped.


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