The mayor of Kallstadt, Germany, where President Trump’s grandfather was born and raised prior to his migration to the United States, said the president could stand to learn a few things about his own ancestral roots in the wake of his recent attacks on four lawmakers of color.
“Seeing the not-so-imposing homes of his ancestors might bring him back to earth,” Thomas Jaworek, the conservative mayor of Kallstadt, told The Washington Post in an interview released Tuesday.
Jaworek added that although he is not keen on extending an invitation to the president to visit Kallstadt, he thinks Trump’s views on immigration could change a great deal if he visited the village.
According to the Post, while the town has become a tourist attraction over the years thanks to its famed wineries, the small village was once a place of economic depression.
Cornelia Seidl, who previously served under Germany’s Social Democratic Party, told the Post that many residents in Kallstadt around the time Trump’s grandfather departed also left because of the economic state of the village in the late 1800s.
Seidl said that “things just weren’t going too well economically at the time.”
The report comes as Trump faces growing backlash after telling four minority lawmakers — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) — to “go back” to their home countries.
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the U.S., however, and Omar is a naturalized citizen.
Trump’s remarks have since been condemned as racist by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and in a resolution introduced by House Democrats that lawmakers are expected to vote on Tuesday.
According to the Post, many Kallstadt citizens say the controversy has only brought more embarrassment to the village given its ties to the Trump family.
One local business owner told the paper, «It’s sad that this man has origins here. It almost makes me personally ashamed.»