The mayor of Kallstadt, Germany — where President Trump’s grandfather was born and raised prior to his migration to the United States — sent the president a subtle message that he would benefit from visiting the humble town where his ancestors came from in the wake of his recent racist 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 told the Post that he thinks Trump’s views on immigration could change a great deal if he visited the village but stopped short of extending the president a personal invite.
The Hill reports:
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.”
Many Kallstadt citizens say the controversy has only brought more embarrassment to the village given its ties to the Trump family, reports the Post.
One local business owner told the paper, “It’s sad that this man has origins here. It almost makes me personally ashamed.”
The mayor was responding to Trump 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.