Last week saw the President of the United States, Donald Trump, challenging his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ Test. Tillerson had called Trump a moron after talks about increasing the nuclear armament. It was revealed that Trump had suggested a tenfold increase in our nuclear arsenal and the more restrained Tillerson thought that was ludicrous.
Trump is always touting his business acumen, and uses his attendance at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Finance as the reason he are so smart (yes, I done that on purpose).
Yesterday, a person familiar with one of Trump’s former professors, FrankDiPrima, wrote a post on The Daily Kos describing what one of the greatest minds in marketing thought of Trump while he attended Wharton. It was a blistering, scathing reaffirmation of everything we have come to know about Trump in the present. From the Kos piece:
Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this — “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” Dr. Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity but long before he was considered a political figure. Dr. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told of this — that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything.
DiPrima also referenced an article on The Daily Pennsylvanian, which tells of Trump’s college years from the perspective of other students. Steve Perelman, a 1968 classmate and former Daily Pennsylvanian news editor.:
He was not in any kind of leadership. I certainly doubt he was the smartest guy in the class.
Some classmates thought Trump must have skipped out of class a lot, while others thought his frequent absences were from possibly commuting to New York on weekends (this sounds familiar…). In an email response, Larry Krohn, who also graduated in 1968, said:
Four years — including lots of required classes — is a long time never to hear of a classmate, especially with such a distinctive name.
The overwhelming thoughts on the subject of how well Trump did academically at Wharton vary from the rumor that he graduated “first in his class” to he really sucked as a student. A biographer, Gwenda Blair, who penned her book in 2001, said that Trump was only admitted to Wharton because a “friendly” admissions officer knew his brother Freddy.
No matter how you slice it, this is simply the best quote ever and bears repeating:
Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.
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