The Trump family has been struck by tragedy, as former President Donald Trump’s eldest sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has been reported dead. Reports indicate that Barry was discovered unresponsive in her Manhattan Upper East Side apartment on Monday morning, November 13.
At this time, no foul play is anticipated.
She was 86 years old and leaves behind a legacy as an accomplished federal judge, appointed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
As her brother Donald rose to fame within the real estate world of New York City, Maryanne forged her own path as a pugnacious prosecutor. In 1974, she became one of only two women to hold the role of Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
This set an example for future generations and allowed women to break through glass ceilings in the legal industry.
During President Trump’s 2016 campaign, his elder sister was a vocal supporter. Despite this support, private conversations between family members were leaked between Mary L. Trump (the president’s niece) and Maryanne Barry which revealed that she felt “cruel” towards those who disagreed with her brother during the 2020 election cycle.
The President responded by blaming his niece for causing conflict within their family rather than addressing any issues he may have had with his sister’s opinion or actions at that time.
President Trump commented on his brother Robert’s passing earlier this year saying “Every day it’s something else, who cares. I miss my brother, and I’ll continue to work hard for the American people. Not everyone agrees, but the results are obvious. Our country will soon be stronger than ever before”.
These words apply just as much today when we reflect upon Maryanne Barry’s life and legacy; she made great strides in breaking glass ceilings while forging her own career path that future generations will continue to follow long after she has gone.