On Memorial Day in 1927, “1,000 Klansmen and 100 policemen staged a free-for-all,” in which Fred Trump is arrested along with six other men. The protesters claim they are marching in response to “Protestant Americans” being attacked by the “Roman Catholic” police.
Some reports of the event note that all seven of the people arrested, including Fred Trump, were wearing klansmen robes.
However, of the seven men arrested, Trump is the only marcher whose charges are dismissed. This leads some to suggest that, despite the reports of all seven men wearing robes, Trump might have been a spectator and not a marcher.
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