Mary Trump, the niece of our ignominious president, made major waves last month when she released her bombshell family memoir. In it, she digs into the pathologies of her relatives and offers a unique, firsthand, and ultimately deeply unflattering portrait of Donald J. Trump and the “twisted behaviors” he has accumulated over the course of his life.
The title of Mrs. Trump’s book is: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” which should give one a pretty clear picture of what to expect from the tome. It offers a raw look at the man many of us have had to piece together an incomplete understanding of through his reality TV shenanigans, racist rhetoric, and unhinged tweets.
One particularly interesting segment of the book strikes a staggering blow against President Trump’s claim that he is a “very stable genius” with a “very, very large brain.” Mary Trump alleges that during his high school years, Donald cheated on his SAT by paying someone else to go in and take the test on his behalf. That person ended up scoring well on the test, Trump claimed the score as his own and used it to gain admission to the world-renowned Wharton School of business within the University of Pennsylvania system.
The allegation is particularly embarrassing given the manner in which Donald regularly brags about his Wharton education.
“I went to an Ivy League school. I went to an Ivy League school. I’m very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words,” the president has bragged in the past.
The allegation was bolstered by recently released, secretly recorded tapes of Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry. She claimed that she used to do Donald’s homework. “I drove him around New York City to try to get him into college,” stated Barry. She also claimed her brother “got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams.”
Now, Eric W. Orts, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is pushing for the school to investigate the SAT allegations against Trump. Five other faculty members made a similar request over the summer, but Orts believes the Mary tapes will bolster their case. Last month, the university’s provost stated that the alleged cheating was “too far in the past” for UPENN to launch a proper inquiry into it but said that if any “new evidence” emerged they could revisit the topic. The Barry tapes have prompted Orts to reach out to the provost because he believes the tapes constitute such evidence. He has yet to hear back.
It’s unclear what kind of consequences if any Trump could face if the investigation goes forward but at the very minimum the American people deserve to know the truth. While no one other than the most diehard of MAGA fanatics would have claimed that Trump is a staggering intellect, these accusations indicate he may be far less intelligent and far less scrupulous than the already subterranean low appraisals many of us already held. This man is a conman with the instincts of a caveman who would have never risen to his station in life if he hadn’t had his father’s money to grease the way.