The Justice Department announced today that it will be charging dozens of individuals for their involvement in a sprawling, illegal, multimillion-dollar plot to cheat at college admissions. The scheme involved some 33 rich and powerful parents paying a special “consultant” to generate fake credentials and related school documents, bribe academic officials and coaches, and misrepresent their children as star athletes in order to gain admission to top tier universities.
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“We’re talking about deception and fraud — fake test scores, fake credentials, fake photographs, bribed college officials,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts explained, reports NPR. He stated that the parents in questions included powerful CEOs, investors, a fashion designer, and a co-chairman of an international law firm. Two famous Hollywood actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have also been implicated.
The scandal is another gross example of the extremely wealthy exerting unfair, illegal influence to help their own at the expense of others, and a clear indication that there is an oligarchal power structure in this country and around the world that needs to be dismantled if we are ever going to ensure everyone gets an equal shot at success.
Of course, nowhere are the flaws of our system more apparent than in the current administration. President Trump received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father through tax fraud, and now all of his children have received the same kind of nepotistic leg up.
His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have senior roles in the White House despite the fact that neither has the expertise nor the ability to properly execute their responsibilities.
The president’s semi-literate sons Eric and Donald Jr. continue to run his business empire while also serving as surrogate mouthpieces for the administration. In other words, the last people with a right to weigh in on this story of wealthy corruption are the Trumps.
So of course Donald Trump Jr. is already running his mouth about the story. Unable to resist the urge to attack his favorite target, Hollywood, he dug up an old tweet from Loughlin in which she said that there are “more important things than money” and that “doing the right thing” is important.
Obviously, these are platitudes that she failed to apply in her own life, but Trump Jr. has no room to talk in this area. Loughlin has since deleted the tweet.
The president’s bumbling son also dug up a tweet from Huffman in which she tweeting out asking for the best “hacks” for the back-to-school season. Trump Jr. retweeted it with a snarky comment about how he is “learning some new ones,” a clear reference to the unfolding scandal.
It must be pointed out that Trump Jr. somehow managed to get into the University of Pennslyvania despite the fact he appears to be far below average intelligence. One cannot rule out the possibility that the only reason he got into an Ivy League school was that his powerful father pulled some strings for him.
I’m learning some new ones as we speak. Stay tuned. https://t.co/ftJjYtMUxt
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
As one might expect, the responses to his bad faith tweets were absolutely brutal.
You were literally incontinent during most of your Ivy League education.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 12, 2019
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
do you think you got into Penn on merit lol
— lib bapper (@lib_crusher) March 12, 2019
People are asking how you could've possibly gotten accepted to an "ivy league" college – but the bigger question is; HOW did you ever graduate from HIGH SCHOOL?
— Paul Lee Ticks (@PaulLeeTicks) March 12, 2019
(you're not very self-aware are you?) pic.twitter.com/9FfmWKPRvP
— Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) March 12, 2019
Name one job you didn’t get from your dad.
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) March 12, 2019
Since you feel so strongly about this issue you should release your high school records and SAT scores to show everyone how it’s done fair and square.
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) March 12, 2019
This is one where ☝️☝️☝️ really should just STFU about. Seriously. #auntbecky
— jimmy williams (@Jimmyspolitics) March 12, 2019
— patty stewart (@pattystewartcan) March 12, 2019
How much did it cost to get you into Penn, Junior?
— KC Murphy (@klcmurphy) March 12, 2019