The Trump and Pressley Families (MR)

Trump’s telling 4 Congresswomen to go back to where they came from is humorous in the case of Ayanna Pressley. For her people almost certainly were in the U.S. prior to Trump’s.

Why? Because she is the descendant of slaves, of people who did not immigrate here but were brought to this country as slaves. As the U.S. banned the importation of slaves in 1808, it is quite possible that her first American ancestor arrived here before 1808 (perhaps she is a daughter of the american revolution!) – though smuggling of slaves continued after that, the 1808 Act mostly stopped importation.

Presumably, her ancestors were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation (though, since they come from Cincinnati they may have escaped slavery and taken the Underground Railroad there.) In the long hard slog from being slaves to a having a Congresswoman in the family, it is a great success story.

Meanwhile Trump’s grandfather arrived in this country from Germany only in 1885, perhaps a century after the arrival of the first Pressley. He became wealthy running restaurants and bordellos in Seattle and the Yukon. He went back to Germany briefly to acquire a wife in 1902. Then, in 1904, he tried to go back where he came from, but the German authorities would not take him (because he was a draft dodger), so he had to settle for the U.S. and here became the founder of a morally troubled immigrant family (down through its fourth generation.)

I personally would rather have the Pressleys as fellow countrymen than the Trumps.