Because he has difficulty pronouncing his name, Donald Trump wants rival John Kasich to change the spelling of his name. I’m not making this shit up.
During a campaign stop in Connecticut on Saturday, the GOP front-runner abruptly paused mid-speech to ask, “Can we ask him to change the spelling of his name? Are we allowed to do that? It’s so ridiculous.”
“I don’t know how to pronounce his name—Kasich. It’s i-c-h. Every time I see it I say Kas-itch, but it’s pronounced Kay-sick,” he said mockingly.
WATCH: @realDonaldTrump wants John Kasich to change spelling of his name to make it easier to pronounce: https://t.co/vMqdIcxxcu— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 23, 2016
In case you didn’t know, there are some interesting elements from Trump’s own ancestry. His real last name is Drumpf.
The Donald’s grandfather was a German immigrant named Frederick Drumpf who emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and became a naturalized citizen in 1892.
The move sent him on a wild journey across America into the seedy brothel industry of the Wild West, making him a fortune and allowing him to dodge army service and taxes back home in Germany.
At some point, he started calling himself “Frederick Trump,” but it is unclear if he ever changed his name officially. Some have speculated that he didn’t want to be known as “Drumpf” because of prevailing prejudice against Germans (which would heighten, of course, during World War I).
Frederick returned to his native Kallstadt in Germany’s Rheinland to marry his sweetheart Elisabeth Christ and settle down with his wealth, but he was refused repatriation and was forced back to Queens, NY to start a family. He would die in 1918 during the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Of course, his grandson would attain incredible wealth and global fame under the name “Trump” which means to fabricate or deceive and the phrase “to trump up” meaning to forge or invent as in “trumped-up charges.”
“Trump” is an actual name of English origin and according to linguistic sources is a metonymic occupational name for a trumpeter—appropriate, wouldn’t you say, for someone who likes blowing his own horn.
This morning on CBS’s Face The Nation, host John Dickerson asked the governor for his thoughts on Trump’s suggestion, the governor merely said, “God bless him.” No word on whether he wants to “Make Donald Drumpf Again.”
.@johnkasich says "God bless him" in response to Trump saying he has difficulty pronouncing "Kasich."— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 24, 2016