Why is there so much exaggeration about Trump? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Exaggeration about Donald Trump? It is Trump himself who exaggerates. Consider his statements attesting to his intellectual acumen and his having graduated first in his class at Wharton— both of which I delved into in my response to the question, What are the chances that Trump had someone else take his exams at Wharton? My response is below:
Donald Trump is quick to remind everyone where he attended college. In an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian, Trump is quoted as saying, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance… I’m, like, a really smart person.”
Trump did attend the University of Pennsylvania, having transferred as an undergraduate into what was then known as the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce after first spending two years at Fordham University in New York. He graduated in 1968.
Despite Trump’s repeated mention of Wharton, his own classmates hardly remember him, as reported in the same article.
“He was not in any kind of leadership. I certainly doubt he was the smartest guy in the class,” said Steve Perelman, a 1968 Wharton classmate and former Daily Pennsylvanian news editor.
“Four years—including lots of required classes—is a long time never to hear of a classmate, especially with such a distinctive name,” wrote 1968 Wharton graduate Larry Krohn, another one of Trump’s classmates, in an email to the paper.
The New York Times reported in 1973 and again in 1976 that Trump had graduated first in his class. But in a 1985 biography of Trump, Jerome Tuccille wrote that he was not an honor student and “spent a lot of time on outside business activities.”
Another biographer, Gwenda Blair, wrote in 2001 that Trump was admitted to Wharton on a special favor from a “friendly” admissions officer. The officer had known Trump’s older brother, Freddy.
Though he only attended Penn for two years and was not especially active on campus, Wharton’s alumni magazine named him one of their “125 Most Influential People” in 2007.
A Wharton spokesperson said that the leadership of the alumni office and magazine have turned over since the publication of that article, and declined to comment further on Trump. Penn has declined comment to multiple news sources on the topic of Trump’s presidency and attendance at the University.
I checked the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce’s own list of honors graduates, from August 1, 1967, through May 20, 1968. Donald Trump’s name is not listed among its Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude graduates.
Mr. Trump has steadfastly refused to release his college record, thus there is no corroborating truth to his expressed intellectual prowess while a student at Wharton.
As for anyone having sat in for Mr. Trump during his exam periods, there is no evidence whatsoever that such a thing ever occurred.