Will Transcripters Replace Birthers?

April 27, 2011

Donald Trump, who is flirting with running for president, has expanded his demands for records about President Obama's past. Now he not only isn't satisfied with evidence of the president's Hawaii birth, but he wants school and college transcripts. Trump told the Associated Press that he didn't think Obama had the grades to earn admission to Columbia University or Harvard Law School. "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said in an interview with the AP. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records." Some pundits are accusing Trump of "playing the race card," by implying that Obama benefited from affirmative action to win admission. While Obama's college transcripts aren't public record, it is known that he graduated magna cum laude from law school -- and a spokeswoman for the law school confirmed that the honor is awarded strictly on the basis of top grades.

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