According to Donald Trump’s niece, Mary, the eventual president paid someone to take his college entrance exam for him. Mary Trump revealed the detail in her new book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, which is slated to be released on July 14, after the publisher (Simon & Schuster) moved up the release date by two weeks amidst a legal battle over the work. In her book, Mary writes that Donald eventually began to practice “cheating as a way of life” — which definitely seems supported by the public evidence of his behavior, like his repeated breaches of contracts while a businessman and his repeated attempts to operate outside of the law as president.
Donald Trump paid someone to take the SAT on his behalf, his niece Mary Trump writes. https://t.co/izPbIm2c1C
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 7, 2020
Meanwhile, The New York Times explains:
‘As a high school student in Queens, Ms. Trump writes, Donald Trump paid someone to take a precollegiate test, the SAT, on his behalf. The high score the proxy earned for him, Ms. Trump adds, helped the young Mr. Trump to later gain admittance as an undergraduate to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school.’
As the Times notes, Trump ‘has often boasted about attending Wharton, which he has referred to as “the best school in the world” and “super genius stuff,”‘ but he’s never exactly revealed that he got in partly thanks to paying someone else to take a college entrance exam for him.
The Trump family has tried to block Mary Trump’s book from publication. Donald’s younger brother, Robert, filed a request for the New York Supreme Court to block the book on account of a nondisclosure agreement that Mary signed almost two decades ago as part of a family dispute. At the time, Mary and her brother, Fred Trump III, alleged that family members had unfairly pressured Fred Trump Sr. into keeping their part of his will at a minimum. More recently, Donald himself has vocally supported the idea that Mary Trump’s book should never be published, although the appeals division of the New York Supreme Court ruled recently that Simon & Schuster was not bound by the same terms as Mary Trump, helping clear the way for the book.