When Trump Believed It Was A President’s Duty To Release School Records

In October 2012 Donald Trump offered Obama $5 million to the charity to his choice if he released his school records. He did so with all sorts of sanctimonious talk about “transparency.”

“President Obama is the least transparent President in the history of this country. There’s never been anything like it. We know very little about our President . . .

Many, many people have questions, and very serious questions. I have a deal for the President. A deal that I don’t believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn’t.

If Barack Obama opens up, and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give, to a charity of his choice — inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants — a check, immediately, for $5 million . . .

If he releases these records it will end the questions, and indeed the anger, of many Americans. They’ll know something about their President. Their President will become transparent, like other Presidents.“ — Donald Trump

For those skeptical that the hypocrisy could really be this galling, he made a video.

And because there must be a Trump tweet for every occasion, he tweeted about it.

Yesterday Michael Cohen testified as to how Trump directed him to send letters to schools Trump attended strongly threatening action against them if they released Trump’s school records. Cohen specifically mentioned SAT scores, leaving one to wonder why Trump would be so sensitive about SAT scores. Probably not the “very stable genius” he’s claimed to be.

Cohen provided an example of such letters, one he sent to Fordham University on Trump’s behalf.

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If hypocrisy really could burn, Trump would be my morning toast.

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