Speed Reads

Glass Houses

Donald Trump Jr. tried to mock 'Hollywood' for the college admissions bribery scandal. It didn't go well.

Donald Trump Jr., the presidential son with the good judgment, decided Tuesday evening to comment on the college admissions bribery scandal that has ensnared — and in some cases briefly jailed — 33 wealthy parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Well, you know what they say about glass houses. Trump père biographer and Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Tim O'Brien threw a few stones back at Trump fils:

He wasn't done:

You can read more about President Trump's auspiciously timed Penn/Wharton benefaction at The Daily Pennsylvanian and about Jared Kushner's father Charles Kushner's 1998 pledge of $2.5 million to Harvard University at ProPublica. ProPublica editor Daniel Golden uncovered the Kushner story in a 2006 book, The Price of Admission, which, he writes, "exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: That the rich buy their under-achieving children's way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations."

Which is to say, there's a legal way to do what Loughlin, Huffman, and those 31 other parents allegedly did to get their children into elite universities, but you're not going to be able to do it with mere "Hollywood" money.