Trump Helped Cut Brother’s Children from Will

The New York Times has a fascinating profile of Donald Trump’s older brother, Freddy, who died from alcoholism at an early age.

An interesting tidbit: “Then came the unveiling of Fred Sr.’s will, which Donald had helped draft. It divided the bulk of the inheritance, at least $20 million, among his children and their descendants, ‘other than my son Fred C. Trump Jr.'”

“Freddy’s children sued, claiming that an earlier version of the will had entitled them to their father’s share of the estate, but that Donald and his siblings had used ‘undue influence’ over their grandfather, who had dementia, to cut them out. A week later, Mr. Trump retaliated by withdrawing the medical benefits critical to his nephew’s infant child.”

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  • mikemiller56

    :::::::more please:::::::::::::::::

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  • Hagar32Grady

    I take it there isn’t any Holiday family reunions in the Trump family.

    • montag

      There are some, but the daughters generally don’t attend for fear of their fathers’ unwanted advances.

  • Lee

    This will only endear Trump even more among the old line republicans. So heartwarming when greed becomes a personal god.

    “They devour widows’ houses, and for a show make lengthy prayers” Mark 12:40

  • S1AMER

    He screwed the losers. That’s just Donald being Donald.

    (Just wondering: How many tens of millions of our fellow citizens does he regard as losers
    deserving of nothing?)

    • peterjohn936

      All but 1% of them. But you already knew that.

  • realnrh

    So he literally tried to kill his own infant nephew? Well, that’s going to have a couple of ads ready about Trump’s ideas for health care.

    • ChouChou

      Think what Shakespeare could have done with this family story.

    • JavaMan

      Featuring said nephew? Because he could now buy compliance for a few million bucks.

    • dmhlt_66

      Just to clarify the record:
      It was his great-nephew; i.e., his nephew’s infant son.

  • growe

    Classy but typical behavior. We commoners don’t have inheritance to fight over. For the aristocrat/ robber baron class, the biggest pig will eat others’ piglets.

    • Hawkeye

      Sorry growe but it doesn’t take all that big of an estate to generate a family feud over it, and it is never pretty to most of the participants either.

      • growe

        Guess I am “lucky” then!

        • Hawkeye

          If no part of your extended family engages in estate squabbles, you really are lucky. Be thankful for that.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        I agree with Hawkeye. This sort of behavior is pretty common in families. Trump’s supporters won’t view this as a negative.

        • eve

          I think some may see it as a big negative. I would think those that felt they were cheated out of an inheritance (of any size) might see Trump in a new light.

          • JavaMan

            Some existing Trump supporters?

          • Hawkeye

            Gotta agree with eve. This will not go down well with a lot of Trump’s supporters. It is considered nasty by most every one, especially the shot at the infant, that and taking advantage of an incompetent parent.

            It is common enough that a whole lot of folks carry hard feelings over it and it will not do Trump any good at all to have those buttons pushed.

          • ArkonaRus

            If the infant was unborn then there’d be hell to pay for sure, but because was already born, then we will see, they may not really care. But hopefully they will, as this seems pretty damn classless.

          • no, i uspect they will rationalize it somehow

        • jhannon

          They will probably never hear about it.

        • ArkonaRus

          It might even endear him to the Darwinian, “only the strong survive” Ayn Rand fanatics.

      • HelenRainier

        Boy, is that the truth. After our parents died, my brother and I were to split the family trust 50/50. My brother tried to cheat me out of mine. Had to hire and attorney, and, after a default judgment was issued in my favor, he still tried to defy the court. I had him thrown in jail for contempt of court. That finally got his attention. We don’t talk anymore — although I have made attempts to reach out to him. I finally had to face the fact that I just have a brother who is an a$$hole.

        • ArkonaRus

          That’s pretty sad :(. Was he that way before your parents died or just showed his true colors only after? Often times its only the latter. But, it seems in most of these kind of cases (with or without contempt of court being involved) it involves siblings who haven’t been close in many years. For whatever reason just drifted apart over the years, which is natural, especially in big families and where the age difference is a lot. But I am sure there’s many cases where it involved close siblings and that just makes for an even greater shock when one of the siblings pulls such a stunt.

          • HelenRainier

            He was older than me by 4 years. I grew up thinking we had a pretty good sibling relationship. He came completely out of left field when this happened, and I kept wanting to believe that what I thought was going on was just a misjudgment on my part. Tried for a year to resolve the situation without having to involve a lawyer, but he refused to respond. I felt like I had been stabbed in the back. My parents died within a year of each other (to the day), and I thought I would be able to grieve with my brother. Didn’t happen. It was beyond shocking. That happened 15 years ago and we haven’t talked since then.

      • Jedipimp

        You’re right about that. Half my wife’s family haven’t spoken to the other half for years, all over a few pieces of cheap furniture and a couple of thousand dollars. One thing I learned: NEVER make the executor of your estate a family member. A close, trusted friend or your lawyer, but NOT a family member.

    • Red Phillips

      J. Paul Getty once said something like: A warm and loving family life is only possible if you’re a business failure. Personally I think he was utterly full of shit, but “Maintaining The Fortune” does become THE overriding concern for most these characters over anything else, little ones be damned.

      • JavaMan

        Nice museum, though.

        He’s remembered fondly.

      • Hawkeye

        He could well have been talking about the Kochs. They fought up to and including testifying against each other in felony criminal cases. When the central brothers go, I expect another royal battle over control of Koch industries, although most of it will be behind closed doors, out of the public eye. That can happen anytime, which may very well tie up the close to a billion dollars they promised in this electoral cycle.

        • ArkonaRus

          I wonder who will get the rights to the Republican Party in such a battle? 😉

      • ArkonaRus

        It’s like some kind of personality disorder, though, as if a few million out of 50 million or a few hundred thousand out of 5 million is really that big a deal, you know. But to so many they try to milk it as much as they can, even to absurd levels.

    • ArkonaRus

      Sounds like medieval times when noble princes would literally kill each other just to get the highest title they can. Or to “secure” that title or future title from potential rivals.

  • Wynstone

    How Shakespearean. A villain equal to Richard III.

    • ChouChou

      Trumpus Andronicus or Donald lll?

  • citizenupset

    Why did this matter. Trump and all the rest of us have and will always have family issues to sort. We get it, Trump is an asshole, bite for him or don’t. I’m not but this will have nothing to do with it.

  • Jack Smach

    Such a disgusting narcissist

  • Hawkeye

    This is not dirt from Trump himself, but aimed at him and looks to me like a direct hit. Squabbles and family fights over inheritance, although common enough, are never considered any kind of positive, either as a recommendation or as any positive characteristic. This is just the kind of bite that Trump is actually vulnerable to; something most of his supporters will not find attractive no matter how big a jerk any of them is otherwise.

    • eve

      Retaliation against an infant is beyond the pale.

      • Snakegirl Lyn

        Retaliation against a family member and considering the infants as acceptable collateral damage is beyond the pale as well.

    • Urban_Snowshoer

      Regrettably, Donald Trump’s supporters probably either don’t care or will write this off as another lie by the liberal media.

      The facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters.

  • Mike

    That dude Trump is one bad mother…

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Shut yo mouth!

      • Quagmire

        But I’m talking ’bout Trump

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Well we can dig it!

          • Snakegirl Lyn

            Group points to the three of you for the “Shaft” exchange.

  • Eric_in_Ann_Arbor

    Whoops! Remember Donald, you’re going to take the helm of the party of family values!!

  • peterjohn936

    Trump is a really, really great guy! Just par for the course.

  • tiredofit

    He’s just a bad person, and likely thinks he was justified in his actions.

  • jhannon

    Hey! If he can screw his nephews and a little baby, you know he’ll be super-tough on America’s enemies!!

    • he made a tremendous deal with his demented father / benefactor

  • i wonder how much of this stuff the Clinton oppo people have