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Is There Anything to Donald Trump's Claim that George Washington Had Skeletons in His Closet?

September 29, 2018 in Blogs

By Rick Shenkman, History News Network

While Washington was treated as a hero during most of American history he came in for a drubbing during the cynical 1920s by self-professed debunkers


 At hisnews conference on Wednesday President Trump dragged George Washington into the fight over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This is what Mr. Trump said:

Look, if we brought George Washington here and we said, we have George Washington, the Democrats would vote against him. Just so you understand. And he may have had a bad past, who knows, you know? He may have had some—I think accusations made. Didn't he have a couple of things in his past? George Washington would be voted against 100 percent by Schumer and the con artists. I mean 100 percent. 100 percent. So it really doesn't matter from their standpoint.

We cannot know what he had in mind as he didn't spell out his concerns. But what might he be thinking of?

While Washington was treated as a hero during most of American history he came in for a drubbing during the cynical 1920s by self-professed debunkers like W.E. Woodward. These are the points the debunkers made:

● In his twenties and thirties Washington, a young man on the make, connived to buy up as much land as possible, sometimes unscrupulously.  Early on in his career as a land speculator, when Virginia was still under British rule, he hired a surveyor to stake out land west of the Alleghenies that was off-limits to white settlers. As a colonel during the Seven Years' War, to the disadvantage of his own soldiers,  he made off with the best lands set aside by the British for soldiers who fought in the war.

● He didn't like his mother and in her final years rarely visited her.

● Though he had a reputation as a prude thanks to mythmakers like Parson Weems, the author who concocted the famous cherry tree story, Washington actually love to drink and dance.

Painting by Grant Wood mocking the cherry tree story (1939)

● As a soldier he told crude sex jokes. How bad were they?  You be …read more

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