Usually, when someone becomes president, all of their schools, former workplaces, and churches become ecstatic and incredibly proud that they were a part of that person's past.
Usually, these places are so proud of the fact that they usually end up naming schools, libraries, church recreational centers, or other buildings after that person.
When it comes to Trump's former church, however, the situation is anything but the usual.
As a child, Trump attended First Presbyterian Church in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in the 1950s, over ten miles away from where Trump Tower now sits. It was an all-white congregation that had it's own internal divisions between “old money” and “new money.”
If Trump went back today, he wouldn't even begin to recognize it.
The congregation is now almost entirely non-white, which shows the demographic changes the area has gone through over the years. Nowadays, you're unlikely hear praise for the actions Trump has been taking, particularly when it comes to his stances on immigration.
Philip Malebranche, a 58-year-old member of the church whose parents emigrated from Haiti, said Trump's controversial travel ban is entirely at odds with the diversity that First Presbyterian celebrates — not to mention the religion's values.
“The policies he's promoting go against our biblical teaching,” Malebranche said. “Our president should be representing us and not a minority of people.”
Asked whether Trump would be welcomed at the church, Malebranche asked: “What spirit would the President bring to this congregation on a Sunday morning? I would be very skeptical.”
Atsu Ocloo, who recently became a US citizen after emigrating from Togo, said when he ran into a problem while applying for his green card, the church's pastor gave him money to apply for a new one.
“The whole world is in this church,” Ocloo, 48, said. “Every day I pray for (Trump), so that the Holy Ghost should enlighten him.”
The Feltons became the first black family to join the church in the late 1950s.
Jim Felton Sr., now 90, decided to take his family to First Presbyterian after they moved from Brooklyn to Queens. The decision was, in large part, a practical one: Felton and his wife didn't own a car. With four young children in tow, they would take a public bus and get off on Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street, and walk the four blocks to the church.
“Back in 1950, Jamaica Avenue was the dividing line,” Felton said in a recent interview at his home in Covina, California. “To the south was a predominantly black neighborhood, and to the north it was a predominantly white neighborhood. Over the years, it began to change.”
Some other members had some other kinds of bad experiences. Chris Ferro, the church's oldest living member at the age of 97, recalls that when Trump was younger that “he was just a little scary” and that “whenever he was in the hallway, I ducked into one of the classrooms.”
Others said that Trump was a bit of a loner as a child, and always seemed to try too hard to fit in with the more well off children, although they noted that he was rarely successful.
Some say that the best way to know who someone is is to see where he comes from, and I think it's clear that those in Trump's past do not see him in a very kind light.