Did Harvard Student Paper Endorse Donald Trump?

August 4, 2015

Did The Harvard Crimson endorse Donald Trump? What would have been a coup for the Republican presidential candidate turns out to be a prank by the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon. The magazine regularly steals a formal chair of the president of the Crimson. This time, the Lampoon took the chair to Trump Tower, where Trump posed in it for the endorsement, which then appeared online, as if from the Crimson, with matching style.

Of Trump, the faux editorial says in part: "His endless dedication to widening employment opportunities extends beyond the Trump Organization and into his many entertainment endeavors. The creative methods and avenues through which Trump has created jobs would likely make (former Crimson editor-in-chief) Franklin D. Roosevelt ‘03 smile. For instance, his work at "The Celebrity Apprentice" has allowed him to reach out to celebrities who have been inactive or troubled and help them to redefine their careers through business education and brand building. These same celebrities are able to create jobs after their exposure on his show, a creative domino effect of job building that almost every other GOP candidate aside from Texas’s Rick Perry fails to match."

The more serious Harvard publication has disavowed the endorsement, stressing that it has not made one in the 2016 race.

Trump was apparently not amused. Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the candidate, told The Hill: “The students who perpetrated this are fraudsters and liars, but frankly it was a waste of only a few minutes."

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