Don Lemon on College Admissions Scam: Trump Also A Beneficiary Of A System That Favors The Elite

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CNN's Don Lemon said the recent college admission scam also shows that President Trump "himself is a beneficiary of a system that's rigged in favor of the elite."

"Now a lot of people will point out, and you know they have every right to do so, that Donald Trump himself is a beneficiary of a system that's rigged in favor of the elite. Let's not forget "The New York Times" investigation that revealed at age three, Donald Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today's standards. He was a millionaire by the age of eight," Lemon said Tuesday.





"A whole lot of people in this country on the left and on the right are angry about that," Lemon said of the college scam. "It's a lot bigger than this one story. Trust me. This is just the beginning."

DON LEMON, CNN: And for all those people who complain about affirmative action, who say it gives an unfair advantage to students of color and other minorities, this is the real scandal.

Elite parents gaming the system, allegedly knowingly participating in a nationwide fraud along with coaches at elite schools, a college administrator, an exam proctor, and two SAT ACT administrators.

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JOSEPH BONAVOLONTA, SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, FBI BOSTON FIELD OFFICE: This is a case where they flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system so they could set their children up for success with the best education money could buy, literally.

Some spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million for guaranteed admission. Their actions were, without a doubt, insidious, selfish, and shameful.

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LEMON: It is shameful. Shameful that this is in America. This is in America that can be deeply unfair, where hard work doesn't necessarily pay off. Where if you have money, you can buy anything, because just about everything is for sale. Including integrity. For sale.

Where a whole lot of people have a real good reason to believe the system is rigged against them. Listen, this is what Donald Trump tapped into. In a lot of ways, guess what, he was right.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The system is rigged. Remember that. The system is rigged. Right now, it's rigged.

We have a rigged system in this country and we have to change it.

You remember what else I called rigged? I called plenty of things in this country rigged.

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LEMON: Now a lot of people will point out, and you know they have every right to do so, that Donald Trump himself is a beneficiary of a system that's rigged in favor of the elite. Let's not forget "The New York Times" investigation that revealed at age three, Donald Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today's standards. He was a millionaire by the age of eight.

And soon after he graduated from college, he was getting the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father. All of that is true, but none of it changes the fact that for far too many people, the American dream is rigged. And he spoke to that. Maybe he's questionable as the messenger for this, but it's a message a lot of people feel in their core.

Rigged in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. And a whole lot of people in this country on the left and on the right are angry about that. It's a lot bigger than this one story. Trust me. This is just the beginning.

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