In Miles' always-fascinating look into fakery, I'm sad to report that I see a flaw in his latest work. As a long-term reader of Miles' work I appreciate his efforts and I am only reporting this flaw in order to help, not to invalidate the whole exercise of him looking at Trump's acting and his dubious past. It is a worthy look, but I can't let the flaw pass by without comment.
His genealogy is a total mirage. I'll show you where to look. First go to his mother at Geni.com. She is Mary Anne MacLeod. So they want you to think she is Scots. Then click on her father, Malcolm MacLeod. Then click on his mother, Anne MacLeod. She is the wife of Alexander MacLeod, so that is her married name. What is her maiden name? Whoops, it is also MacLeod, because her father is also named Alexander MacLeod. So both her father and her husband have the same first and last names? Did she marry her own father? Also, her birthyear is given as 1833.
That date of 1833 seems suspicious for a second reason: it is too early. I am 52 and my grandparents were all born between 1900 and 1910. My great-grandparents were born around 1880. Anne McLeod is supposed to be Trump's great-grandmother.
Miles has 3 issues.
1. Anne MacLeod marrying a man with the same name as her father, albeit with different birth dates.
2. Anne MacLeod being born in 1833.
3. Malcolm (Trump's grandfather) being born in 1866.
Ann (no e) MacLeod is
listed as having a father called Alexander MacLeod (born 12.10.1806) and her marrying a man with the same name (born 1.5.1830). A coincidence? Maybe. I can't explain this strange anomaly of Ann's father and her husband both having the same name other than simply stating that the MacLeods were clearly a very large and extensive family like the Smiths, Robinsons and Jones of this world.
Ann (no e) MacLeod is listed to have been born on 12.2.1833 and she is the Ann (no e) who married Alexander MacLeod and who gave birth to Malcolm (Trump's grandfather) on 27.12.1866. (She is not the only Ann or Anne MacLeod to be found when searching through Trump's genealogy.)
So far no problem with the childbearing age of Ann, who was clearly in her 30s when Malcolm was born.
Malcolm married Mary Smith on 23.4.1891. Mary was born 11.7.1867 and was 4 months pregnant on their wedding day. She was 23 years old at the time and Malcolm was 24.
Trump's grandparents had 10 children. Malcolm, Donald, Christina, Kate, William, Annie, Catherine, Joan, Alex and Mary Anne (Trump's mother). They were all born between 1891 and 1912.
Malcolm jnr 23.9.1891
William 20.7.1897 (twins)
Mary Anne 10.5.1912 (Trump's mother)
So, Trump's grandmother was 45 when Trump's mother was born in 1912. This was normal
in the 19th to early 20th century, where women had limited access to contraception and tended to have children right up to the menopause.
Donald Trump was born 14.6.1946 making him 70 years old next week. His mother (Mary Anne MacLeod) was born 10.5.1912. I see no problem with someone born in 1946 having a parent who was born in 1912.
After taking the time to do proper research into the issue that Miles brought up, I've concluded that there is nothing wrong in the 1833 birth date of Trump's great grandmother. It is not that Trump's great grandmother was born too early
, but that his grandmother had his mother (Mary Anne) very late
in her childbearing life that explains the gap
I am not saying that Trump's entire genealogy isn't faked from beginning to end, only that the 1833 birthdate of Trump's great grandmother and the 2 Alexander MacLeod's isn't proof of it.