TULSA, Okla. – Donald Trump is a polarizing figure in American politics these days.
While many fans believe he is the change that America needs, others see him as the exact opposite.
“His power, if you will, his passion is the fabric of America,” Sarah Palin said. “It is work ethic and dreams and drive and faith in the almighty.”
However, his recent visit to the Sooner State had some looking back on an old rivalry between a prominent Oklahoman and Donald’s father.
Singer Woody Guthrie was once a tenant in a Brooklyn apartment managed by Fred Trump.
The living arrangement later became material for bitter song lyrics.
In his notebooks, Guthrie wrote:
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
he stirred up
In the bloodspot of human hearts
When he drawed
That color line
Here at this
Eighteen hundred family project
The Department of Justice sued the Trump real estate business in the 1970s for violating the Fair Housing Act, according to the New York Times.
After Trump Management filed suit against the government, the two sides reached an agreement that “did not constitute an admission of guilt” by Trump or his company.
Guthrie, whose songs advocated for American equality and condemned racism, lamented the lack of diversity among the residents of Trump’s Beach Haven apartments.
Beach Haven ain’t my home!
I just cain’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain!
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven looks like heaven
Where no black ones come to roam!
No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!
Recalling these foundations becomes all the more relevant in the wake of the racially charged proclamations of Donald, who last year announced, “My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy.”
Donald, who is now one of the leading contenders for the GOP, has gained international attention for some of his ideas.
According to Business Insider, Trump has vowed to build a wall along the United States southern border, saying the country needs to reform immigration, along with banning all Muslims from traveling to the country amid a terror attack in California.
While he has come under fire for his controversial plans, Trump said he would make the country safer and would bring jobs back to the U.S. by revamping trade deals and taxes.