Did President Trump’s Mom Once Call Him an ‘Idiot’?

Just because a quote is displayed in a meme doesn't necessarily mean it's accurate.

  • Published 12 December 2019

Claim

Mary Anne Trump once called her son Donald Trump an "idiot" who should never go into politics.

Rating

Origin

In December 2019, a meme featuring a quote ostensibly uttered by Mary Anne Trump, in which she once called her son U.S. President Donald Trump an idiot who should never go into politics, was circulated on social media:

This is not a genuine quote from the president’s mother. And while we’ve encountered a few postings of this meme, we’ve yet to find any information about where and when this comment allegedly was made.

Mary Anne MacLeod Trump passed away in 2000, so she certainly didn’t make the comment recently. We searched a newspaper archive for any mentions of this alleged quote but turned up no news articles containing the remark. In fact, we were unable to find this quote in any books, magazines, or interviews. It appears that this quote was created and exists solely for the purpose of this meme.

While this meme features a photograph of President Trump’s mother, another relative in the family goes by a similar first name: Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump. We looked to see if she might have made the remark, but again we came up empty-handed. 

To sum up, the president’s mother did not call him “an idiot with zero common sense.” We therefore rate this claim “False.”