Halloween is just around the corner, which means it is time to get ready for some spooky and downright terrifying decorations. That would definitely include some #Trumpkins, given the recent presidential campaigns.
What’s more frightening than an orange head full of hot air? A Trump-inspired pumpkin, of course!
Familia, what you are about to read is rich. Harper’s Magazine has recently uncovered and translated a German letter written byFriedrich Trump, President Trump’s grandfather. At the time of its writing, in 1905, Friedrich Trump was living in Bavaria as an “illegal alien” in what was then Bavaria, and had just received a letter of deportation. Trump responded by penning a letter begging for repatriation to Prince Luitpold. Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s deeply reverent yet desperate request on behalf of his family’s mental health. The family later resettled in New York.
“Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!,” it begins.
Trump begins by explaining how his “parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers.” They strictly held [him] to everything good.” He then goes on to explain that he “apprenticed to become a barber,” emigrated to America and with “God’s blessing” he “became rich.” He moved back to Kallstadt, his birthplace in Bavaria, because his wife “could not tolerate the climate in New York.” He brought his “dear family” back to Kallstadt.
He pleads on the count of not separating hisfamily.
“The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age. But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria.”
“We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished.”
“My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick. Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.”
People are shooketh that POTUS hasn’t derived any empathy from his own abuelo’s experience as a deported illegal immigrant.
Two generations later, Friedrich Trump’s grandson is the President of the United States and enacting new policies that specifically separates families at the border as a “deterrent” to immigration. When Friedrich’s reasons for immigrating was New York’s harsh climate and wanting to be close to his aging mother, we’d expect his grandson to have compassion for families who are fleeing gang violence, LGBT discrimination, and threats of death to protect their families.
That said, Bavaria rejected Trump, Sr. for dodging the military draft.
Friedrich had fled Bavaria (now-Germany) when he was young as a method to escape the military draft. He obviously failed to report his emigration 20 years prior to receiving the letter because it was shady AF. Germany denied his request to stay in the country since he failed to notify the government of his emigration and for dodging the draft.
Given his recent hate speech to “send back” the four Congresswoman of color, this news has folks reeling in Trump’s own hypocrisy.
Twitter user, Mario Vazquez, tweeted his thoughts, “HYPOCRISY: Melania, from Slovenia, illegally worked under a tourist visa in the 90s and then brought her parents over through “chain migration.” Trump’s mom immigrated from Scotland and his grandfather came from Germany. Should they all “go back” then?”
Fourth-generation Americans are chiming in acknowledging their privilege and degrading Trump’s hypocrisy.
What makes America great is that it did welcome Trump’s family at a time when immigration laws were tightening in the U.S. The President at the time had to veto a law passed in Congress that would require immigrants a literacy test by reading five lines of the Constitution. That POTUS rejected the requirement as un-American.
Friedrich Trump became a U.S. citizen after immigrating as an unaccompanied minor who didn’t speak English.
He certainly wouldn’t have passed Trump’s citizenship screening test that prioritizes those with Ph.D.’s and wealth.
It seems as if our own abuelos are trying Twitter for the first time to “burn” Trump.
We see you, Mr. Lopez. Solid burn.
We’ll leave you with one final reaction to the surfacing of Friedrich Trump’s letter.
You’re not aging very well, Mr. President. Might we suggest honoring the stories of your own ancestors? This country is built on family. Trump’s own family is built on “chain migration.” Without family, you’re just an old, unhinged, racist white-bordering-orange dude.
Target’s ‘Hyde and Eek! Boutique’ has garnered nationwide loyalty for offering both classic and trendy costumes alike to adults and their children (fur or otherwise). This year, Target has released a whole line of Adaptive Halloween costumes that include wheelchair covers, and a costume designed for sensory-sensitive children. While targeted towards children, the wheelchair covers can be used for a range of wheelchair sizes.
They’re set to be released to the public on August 22.
The line offers a very cute “Boys’ Adaptive Pirate Halloween Costume.”
We’d like to argue that any gender would look both very cool and adorable in it. Pirates come in all genders and The costume itself is $25, and it’s significant to see a boy model the costume in a wheelchair.
To get the complete look with the “wheelchair cover,” you’ll have to spend another $45.
Unlike the very few other wheelchair-adaptive Halloween costume offerings, these are mass-produced and accessible to far more people. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other Halloween wheelchair cover for sale, even on Etsy. That means parents are having to hand make a much more complex costume for their child or shell out $99 for one of Spirit Halloween’s wheelchair adaptive costumes.
Target’s second offering allows you to turn a child’s wheelchair into a Princess’s chariot.
Again, this one is labeled a “Girls’ Adaptive Princess Halloween Costume,” but we thank any kid would be a muñecx lindx in this fabulosity. Bravo, Target.
It’s slightly cheaper to be a Princess. Who knew?
The wheelchair cover is also $45, but the costume is $20, about $5 cheaper than the pirate outfit.
Don’t go thinking it’d be easier to just recreate the costumes.
We’re Latino. We’re always getting crafty trying to figure out ways to save some money. Parents of children who use wheelchairs have come through on social media sharing the horror stories of having to create a product that didn’t exist. This parent shared that she was up until well past 4 a.m. creating angel wings for her daughter. 😭
Meanwhile, this mom once accidentally made her daughter look like the aftermath of a crime of passion against a tiger.
She was trying to dress her daughter up as Sophie from the children’s book, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” The story goes that Sophie was having tea with her mom when a tiger joined them and drank all the tea, ate all the food, and even drained the water from the taps. The next day, Sophie and her mother buy a ton of food, including “tiger food,” but the tiger never returns.
It’s not the first time Target has included differently-abled children in fun and games.
Just this year, the company included a new line of Barbie dolls that had their own wheelchair and wheelchair ramp included in the doll. The line offers a blonde Barbie and a black Barbie, creating visibility for a group many times removed from the mainstream.
The third offering in its Adaptive line is for more sensory sensitive children.
This costume features flat seams and no tags that would otherwise seriously irritate kids with sensitivities, like autism. It also includes a hidden opening in the front pocket to offer abdominal access for kids with medical needs. Plus, the hood, tail, and wings are removable for added comfort. Target is killing it at creating these thoughtful user-centered design for special needs kids and with flair.
Needless to say, the Internet, especially the disabled community, is weeping.
You’re not the only one crying, Tae. While Target hasn’t even promoted the line yet, Internet reactions are abundant.
So far, all Target has had to say is “Everyone deserves a good Halloween.”
And all we have to say is, bravo. Pa’lante.
Target also has a sensory-adaptive line of clothing for children that do not have tags or irritating seams. They just released a line of sensory-adaptive home products last year.