Donald Trump has an interesting take on modesty, to say the least.
Despite the US president attesting to the fact he finished “top of his class” at Wharton business school of the University of Pennsylvania, his former professor college professor William T. Kelley had another view.
After Kelley’s death, Frank DiPrima a close friend of Kelley revealed that the professor felt the president was a fool.
“Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that ‘Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had,'” DiPrima wrote for the Daily Kos.
“I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this — ‘Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had’
DiPrima explained that Kelley told him this after Trump became a celebrity, but “long before” he was deemed 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,” Di Prima added.
DiPrima’s revelation is the latest in the series of question over the US President’s academic record. According to The Daily Pennsylvania, Trump’s name was not on the Wharton Dean’s List in 1968, the year he graduated despite him allowing media to report for years that he graduated first in his class at Wharton. If he had performed as exceptionally well as is commonly believed, his name would be present.
Recently, it was speculated that Rex Tillerson had called the president “a moron”, although Tillerson himself refused to accept or deny these claims. Trump was deeply troubled at the possibility of having been called a moron, so much so that he even challenged Tillerson to compare IQ tests.
The alleged claim by Trump’s professor is not the first of its kind. In 2001, Gwenda Blair, a biographer, wrote that Trump was admitted to Wharton on a “special favour” from a “friendly” admissions officer, allegedly known to Trump’s older brother, Freddy.
According to The Daily Kos, former classmates reported that Trump skipped classes and often spent his weekends in New York.
Louis Calomaris, who studied alongside Trump claimed that the president was “loath to really study much”. He declared that Trump would come to seminars unprepared and did not “seem to care” about being ready for work.
No matter how well Trump did in school or what his IQ is now, he is still currently one of the most powerful people in the world.
Looks like we may never know how smart he really is … unless maybe Tillerson gets back to him about that IQ test!
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