Donald Trump has long boasted about how smart he is, trying to use his supposed degree from what was then called the Wharton School of Finance as proof of such — despite the fact that still to this day, he refuses to show said degree or even a copy of his transcripts from his time there.
Donald often claims that Wharton was “the hardest school to get into, the best school in the world” and calls the academic workload “super genius stuff,” even going so far as to harp on his education there during his recent awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer, a conservative economist.
But Trump’s claims of getting into the “hardest school” have finally been disputed after James Nolan, an employee of the University of Pennsylvania’s admissions office in 1966, came forward with his account of Trump’s admission into the educational institution.
Nolan gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he explained that Fred Trump Jr., Donald’s older brother and a close friend of Nolan’s, called in a favor to the then-admissions employee to push Donald’s application through.
“He called me and said, ‘You remember my brother Donald?’ Which I didn’t,” Nolan recalled to the Post. “He said, ‘He’s at Fordham and he would like to transfer to Wharton. Will you interview him?’ I was happy to do that.”
Nolan said that Donald arrived at the interview for admission with his father Fred Trump Sr. who was there to “integrate” himself.
Nolan explained to the Post during the interview from his apartment that he was the only admissions official to speak with Donald and said he is “sure” that the family expected him to help Trump nab a spot in the college. However, according to Nolan, and in direct contradiction to Donald’s repeated claims, getting into the Wharton School of Finance wasn’t a hard thing to do at the time.
Nolan explained that at the time Trump was applying, more than half of the applicants were being accepted, and transfers student such as Donald had an even higher chance thanks to their previous college experience.
“It was not very difficult,” Nolan said of the admissions process in 1966 when Donald applied. “I certainly was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius. Certainly not a super genius.”
Honestly, we’re not even surprised. Chalk it up as yet another big, fat lie out of the mouth of our “stable genius” president.
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