Donald Trump Jr. slams celebs arrested in admissions scandal, goes silent when asked about his own college admissions
The president's son has remained silent on the criticisms and spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment
US President Donald Trump's elder son Donald Trump Jr's attempt to slam the celebrities involved in an elaborate series of college admissions didn't go down as well as he expected as many labelled him a hypocrite citing the controversy around his own college admission.
Prosecutors on Tuesday said that wealthy families in the country had made a widespread effort to get their children admitted to top colleges in the country by fabricating their SAT scores, lying about their athletic skills and feigning deformities. Celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among the dozens of people charged with crimes associated with the scandal.
Shortly after the news broke, Trump Jr. took to social media to slam both Huffman and Loughlin and re-posted old tweets from both of them, captioning a 2016 tweet from Huffman about the best “hacks” for back-to-school with, “I’m learning some new ones as we speak. Stay tuned.”
The president's son, on Tuesday afternoon, tweeted: "Is it just me or is everyone in Hollywood strangely silent today? Come on guys you’re always very vocal in forcing your opinions on everyone… What changed?”
However, Trump Jr, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, was reminded of a Daily Pennsylvania article from the 1990s that reported Trump giving “over $100,000 to Penn Club” by Twitter users.
"After several years of limited involvement with the University, Trump’s activity has increase this year following the matriculation of his son, Wharton freshman Donald Trump Jr.," one of the passages in the article read.
Author Tim O’Brien, Trump biographer and longtime critic of the president, also clapped back and wrote: "Suddenly remembering that string of pledges by your father to Penn/Wharton in the 1990s — totaling at least $1.5 million — that coincided with the 1996 and 2000 enrollment there of you and Ivanka respectively,” O’Brien tweeted.
The journalist also tweeted a Washington Post link, which read "News reports and investigations suggest the Trumps used money and connections to ease their access to top schools.”
The Post, apart from mentioning the president's pledged donations to Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania’s business school, also added that Trump himself got interviewed by a "friendly" admissions officer during his entrance at Wharton, according to reports.
The president's son has remained silent on the criticisms and spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment, according to PEOPLE.
No Trump family member has been accused so far in the admissions scandal.
Meanwile, it was reported that Huffman, who is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, allegedly paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organization. According to prosecutors, Singer's group facilitated cheating on Huffman's daughter's SAT test by getting a proctor to correct her answers.
While Loughlin and her husband, J. Mossimo Giannulli, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Loughlin allegedly wanted her daughters to get into the University of Southern California, so she and her husband reportedly paid half a million dollars in bribes to falsely designate their daughters as recruits on the crew team.