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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were on Tuesday part of a number of wealthy individuals indicted by the U.S. government in what essentially amounted to a pay-to-play scheme for getting their children into elite colleges.
Parents would pay a fixer who would help secure admission to universities, sometimes under the guise of falsely portraying them as student-athletes, or helping to massage their applications and test scores. The money given was directed through a fake charity, so that wealthy individuals could write off securing their children’s place in college.
And the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., wanted people to know that the culture in “Hollywood” had him shaking his damn head.
Hollywood https://t.co/ibqR5Myk0l— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
The tweet by Lori Loughlin—which has since been deleted, along with her whole account—was her talking about doing the “right thing.” Trump Jr. was trying to highlight liberal hypocrisy, though it’s unclear about what.
But Trump Jr. maybe should have had the self-awareness to sit this one out. While his father may never have donated to a fake charity to help assure Trump Jr.’s acceptance at the University of Pennslyvania, his father donated a great deal of money to the University of Pennsylvania, which certainly could have greased the skids for Trump Jr.’s acceptance into the school. In fact, Trump may have donated nearly $1.4 million to the school, and possibly as much as $5 million.
(While also… running a fake charity.)
Bruh, YOU really need to sit this one out https://t.co/8cm9SW7T0m— Regine (@egi9781) March 12, 2019
How about this @DonaldJTrumpJr, You release your high school and college transcripts and SAT scores to prove you got into Wharton on merit and I'll do the same for my Harvard acceptance.— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) March 12, 2019
You game? https://t.co/ilc48ahYry
Tell me about it. How about the Emmyless reality star whose son is so dumb he had to pay to get him into Penn.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 12, 2019
Trump also gave at least $100,000 to the Penn Club, a private organization in New York City for students of the school.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]