Donald Trump’s estranged niece Mary Trump alleges that he cheated to get into the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. Her father, Fred Trump Jr., battled alcoholism and had a testy relationship with his father and younger brother, the future president, before dying in 1981.
Donald Trump and his siblings drastically reduced Fred Trump Jr’s family’s share of their grandfather, Fred Trump Sr.’s inheritance, which created a lasting family rift. Mary Trump and her brother contested Fred Trump Sr.’s will.
Mary Trump’s Vendetta Against ‘Maniac’ Uncle
Mary Trump has waged a scorched earth campaign against her uncle since he became president. She has repeatedly referred to him as a “maniac” throughout the ongoing fraud trial and claimed that her cousins ─ Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric ─ have made the sale of Mar-a-Lago inevitable, on social media.
Donald Trump could be shielded from having Mar-a-Lago auctioned off in the event the Trump Organization is formally dissolved as a New York state entity by Florida’s state constitution.
“There is seemingly restrictive language in the [Florida] constitution, but some courts have not interpreted it in that manner,” Paul Golden, author of Litigating Constructive Trusts, told Newsweek. “Another issue is whether Mr. Trump would be considered a Florida resident who considered that property his residence. One would expect that Letitia James would claim that it cannot truly be considered a residence because it is a members-only club with guest rooms.”
Golden continued: “If only a portion of the property would be considered his ‘residence’, then there are further complications.”
Did Trump Cheat to Get Into UPenn?
Mary Trump alleged in her 2020 memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, that Donald Trump paid someone to take his SAT exam to attend Wharton. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews denied the accusation when the book first appeared in 2020.
Donald Trump attended Fordham University in New York before attending Wharton. He allegedly received help from his friend James Nolan, who was a Penn admissions officer at the time. He hounded Barack Obama to release his college transcripts in 2011, but has thus far refused to release his.
Trump claimed to have graduated first in his class in 1968, but his name appeared nowhere on the Dean’s List. If true, Donald Trump shares the distinction of exaggerating his academic performance to the press with his successor, Joe Biden, who had to duck out of the 1988 presidential race due to lying about his law school performance.
Does Trump Cheat at Golf?
Claims that the former president cheats are nothing new. Sportswriter Rick Reilly alleged in 2019 that Trump cheats at his favorite game: golf.
“Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf,” Reilly wrote. “He throws it, boots it, and moves it. He lies about his lies. He fudges and foozles and fluffs. At Winged Foot, where Trump is a member, the caddies got so used to seeing him kick his ball back onto the fairway they came up with a nickname for him: ‘Pele.’”
Whether these claims have truth behind them or not, who knows, but the former president has long been a master of the fish story with his exaggerations and braggadocio.
Trump Steaks, the steaks that Donald Trump claimed were “in a league of their own,” failed shortly after debuting at The Sharper Image, to provide one example. Trump is the greatest showman since P.T. Barnum, and he has made his life by being successful at spinning a few yarns.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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