Donald Trump Jr. Tries, Fails to Mock Actresses Arrested in Fraud Scheme

The president's oldest son tosses some stones from inside his glass house.

Presidential spawn Donald Trump Jr. reacted to the news of two famous actresses being arrested for participating in a fraud ring to get their kids admitted to elite colleges with his customary aplomb:

What Trump Jr. does not seem to realize is that this is not a story of Hollywood. It is a story about wealthy elites conspiring to pay large amounts of money in order to game the system for their privileged children. Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are just two of those elites. Other people charged in the scheme included the former Chief Operating Officer of Wynn Resorts, at least two executives from private equity firms, and an oncologist from San Jose, CA. Even Loughlin’s husband is a successful fashion designer, not a Hollywood industry bigwig.

One might reasonably wonder how Trump Jr. himself matriculated at an elite Ivy League school when there are no reports of him being an academic talent or a particularly gifted athlete. Brandy Zadrozny, a reporter for NBC News, dug up one clue:

Now, we cannot say for sure that Trump Jr. only got into Penn because his father was both an alum of the school and a billionaire. Maybe Penn picked him because of his education from the exclusive boarding school he attended, where the only distinguishing accomplishment The New York Times could find to say about him for a profile was that he was really into skeet shooting.

But there is zero reason to think Donald Trump Jr. is any more deserving of acceptance into an elite university than the children of a couple of Hollywood actresses. He should put down that pile of stones before he shatters all the glass in his house.

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Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.

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