Don Lemon: College Admissions Scandal Shows Why Trump’s Message of a Rigged System Resonated With People


As he covered the stunning college admissions scandal tonight, CNN’s Don Lemon made a point of saying President Donald Trump was right about a rigged system, even if he’s not the perfect messenger.

To recap, dozens of wealthy parents––including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin––were charged in this widespread scheme to get their kids into college.

“This is not wanting the best for your children,” Lemon said. “It’s being willing to do the worst thing, to allegedly commit crimes, to get what you want for your children.”

He also added, “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.”

But at one point Lemon said this taps into many people’s frustrations that “the system is rigged against them,” which is why Trump’s message about a rigged system resonated with them.

And Lemon said, “In a lot of ways, guess what, he was right.”

He elaborated:

“A lot of people will point out, and 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 3, Donald Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars… Soon after he graduated from college, he was getting the equivalent of a 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.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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