We’ve all done some dumb things in our time, for me probably as recently as yesterday or even an hour ago! But if asked, I will tell you about it and either laugh along with you or hang my head in shame. Either way, I won’t go to great lengths to keep it a secret. I’ll even tell you that I failed Biology in high school. It was not my first, nor would it be my last act of rebellion, but I almost never went to class, for I absolutely refused to cut open earthworms or frogs. Instead, I hung out in the boys’ bathroom and smoked. I will also confess to having smoked marijuana a few times in my earlier days … if I had liked it, I would likely still be smoking it, but I hated it!
I may have some things that I’m not exactly proud of in my past, and likely you do too, but I have to ask why the leader of a nation would go to great lengths to keep his high school transcript out of the public eye. We already know he isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, contrary to him calling himself a ‘genius’.
According to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post, in 2011 a group of “prominent, wealthy alumni” had requested Trump’s academic records from New York Military Academy, and the school’s Board of Trustees intended to hand said records over to this group, who said they wanted to ensure the records remained secret. In other words, his high school transcript would have been buried. Superintendent Jeffrey Coverdale refused the request but did relocate the records to another area where they could not be released upon request. Now … why??? This was 2011, the year he considered running against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
To this day, Mr. Coverdale refuses to release Trump’s transcripts or to identify the people who ordered him to pull them from his files, saying …
“I don’t want to get into anything with these guys. You have to understand, these were millionaires and multimillionaires on the board, and the school was going through some troubles. But to hear, ‘You will deliver them to us?’ That doesn’t happen. This was highly unusual.”
Seems to me that just about everything having to do with Trump is “highly unusual”.We already know that there were disciplinary problems associated with Trump, such as the time he attempted to shove another cadet out a second-story window. To add fuel to the fire, or more likely smoldering remains, there was Michael Cohen’s testimony last week that Trump ordered him “to threaten his high school, his colleges and the College Board to never release his grades or SAT scores”.
After the military academy, where we can only speculate that he did manage to graduate, he spent two years at Fordham University. Michael Cohen, under Trump’s orders, wrote to the administration at Fordham, demanding that that the records be “permanently sealed” and said any release was “criminality,” which “will lead to jail time.” In addition, Fordham officials confirmed Cohen’s letter, and said they had also received a phone call from Trump’s campaign. Why???
After Fordham, he attended University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business program. While Trump claims he was “first in my class”, his name does not appear on the school’s dean’s list or on the list of students who received academic honors in his class of 1968, giving rise to the lie in his claim. Why???
See, when somebody lies about something like this, it leaves the door wide open for speculation. One could think, perhaps, that he had the lowest grades in the military academy and that his daddy bought his diploma. Or, one could think, as I have previously speculated, that he rarely even attended classes at Wharton, and that daddy bought his degree, just as he bought his military deferments. Or, one could even wonder if Trump ever actually attended the first class at Wharton and daddy made a special ‘deal’ for a degree to be signed, sealed, and delivered for an unspecified amount of money. One’s imagination can just run wild when secrets are kept and lies are told.
There is definitely something fishy here. But the real joke is Trump himself. For a man who claims to be a ‘genius’, he is pretty damn stupid. He has taken extraordinary and suspicious measures to keep his school records secret, but here’s what he said about President Obama …
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records. I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard. We don’t know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
For the record, Barack Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. That’s magna cum laude, the second highest academic honour. You and I know Trump did not fare nearly as well, or we would be hearing about it daily, if not hourly. After all … look at this tweet from 2013 …The epitome of arrogance. Now, there are two questions I leave you with today:
First, why is he going to such lengths to ensure that the people of this nation do not see his academic records? We already know he is no genius, we already know his daddy used his money to buy privileges for his boy, so to find that he had lousy grades, disciplinary problems and poor attendance would be no surprise. He plays only to his base, and the majority of them likely have some poor grades in their own record. So … why? Which leads to the next, and most important question …
What else is he hiding? He has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns – what would we find there? If he would hide something as minor as his academic records, then it is a certainty that he has deeper, darker secrets. Has daddy bought him out of trouble other than the financial sort? We already know he has a problem keeping wee willie winkie in his pants and has sexually abused women in the past. Could it be he was accused or rape even before he became a public persona, perhaps while still in school, and daddy paid to have it covered up? Speculation? Sure, but when you hide things that are relatively innocuous, people are going to speculate as to what else you’re hiding. Are there secrets being hidden with the help of his wealthy donors that would ensure his removal from office, or perhaps even ensure him a cell next to Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen? Think about it.