Just caught a trump lie in real time year 6 electricity assessment

[IMc – Within five years of Trump being graduated from Wharton, the lie was on that he was first in class. It may be that it originated from his father. It may be that he’d told his father he was first and his father never checked. What is clear is the Trump harkens to everything said about him and he has had decades to correct this lie.]

Donald Trump has been aggressively questioning Barack Obama’s academic record, suggesting that the president was a "terrible student" who did not deserve to get in to Columbia University and Harvard Law School. While Trump has no evidence to back up these claims, there are strong indications that Trump has repeatedly inflated his own academic record — and that he used family connections to gain admission to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

But an examination of Trump’s own academic record yields a distinctly unflattering picture of the celebrity businessman. Among other things, Trump has allowed the media to report for years that he graduated first in his class at Wharton, despite strong evidence that this is not true and indications that he was, in fact, an undistinguished student.

Trump did not go to Wharton’s prestigious MBA program. Rather, he received an undergraduate degree offered by Wharton to University of Pennsylvania students. And Trump didn’t attend Wharton for a full four years. Instead, he transferred there after spending his first two undergraduate years at Fordham, the Jesuit university in the Bronx.

Gwenda Blair’s book on the Trump family reports that he gained admission as a transfer student only because of "an interview with a friendly Wharton admissions officer who was one of Freddy’s old high school classmates." (Freddy is Donald’s older brother.) Trump was also the son of one of the wealthiest New York businessmen of the era, the developer Fred Trump. That certainly couldn’t have hurt his admission chances.

Trump has consistently portrayed himself as an exceptional student at Wharton. In March, for example, he explained his doubts about the president’s birthplace by saying, "Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy. I was a really good student at the best school in the country."

Donald, who was graduated first in his class from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, joined his father about five years ago. He has what his father calls “drive.” He also pos sesses, in his father’s judgment, business acumen. “Donald is the smartest person I know,” he remarked admiringly. “Everything he touches turns to gold.” https://www.nytimes.com/1973/01/28/a…but-moves.html

The clear narrative being presented is of Trump as an intellectual heavyweight — starting a business at age 12, first in his class at Wharton, "the smartest person I know." Who told the Times reporters that Trump graduated first in his class? It’s not clear, though Trump himself is an obvious possibility. We also know that Trump, a voracious consumer of media coverage of himself, would almost certainly have seen these references to his graduating "first in his class."

Writing in the New York Times magazine in 1984, William Geist reported that "the commencement program from 1968 does not list him as graduating with honors of any kind," even though "just about every profile ever written about Mr. Trump states that he graduated first in his class at Wharton in 1968."

The writer Jerome Tuccille reported in his 1985 biography of Trump that while "it has been reported that he graduated first in the class … Donald denied that he ever made such a claim. Actually he was not among the honor students that year." Emphasis added.