Donald Trump, whose habit of suing or threatening to sue has been well-documented, once threatened to sue Vanity Fair over a 1990 profile containing a controversial detail: Trump kept a book of Hitler speeches from the book My New Order at his bedside.
The tidbit was sourced to Ivana Trump's divorce attorney. In the profile, the businessman said of the book, "Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he's a Jew."
Davis confirmed to Vanity Fair he gave Trump the speeches, but clarified some of the details, saying, "But it was My New Order, Hitler's speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I'm not Jewish."
Trump told Vanity Fair, "if I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them."
In an interview with Barbara Walters to promote his 1991 book, Surviving at the Top, Trump confirmed he owned the book, but said he would probably sue Vanity Fair over the tidbit.
"It is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," Trump told Walters. "A friend of mine sent me a book. A man who I think is Jewish, although I don't know, sent me a book, it happened to be that book. All of a sudden Marie Brenner somehow found out that he had sent me a book. It is the most ridiculous thing I've seen and I'm probably gonna sue Vanity Fair over it."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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