Fox News' Tucker Carlson: Trump University no bigger "scam" than Yale, Princeton

"Is it much more of a scam than Princeton?" Carlson asked. "That's open to debate"

Published June 3, 2016 8:56PM (EDT)

 (Fox News)
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Conceding that Trump's for-profit "educational program," Trump University, "isn't wholly legitimate," Fox News' Tucker Carlson has gone on a multi-day campaign to downplay the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's long-festering scandal just as the foul stench of corruption begins to arise.

"I don’t think there’s a single person that says, 'Trump U, I hope my son graduates from Trump U,'" the "Daily Caller" editor admitted on the Thursday edition of Fox News' "Special Report."

"But, is it much more of a scam than say, Princeton?" he asked host Bret Baier. "I don’t know. That’s open to debate."

The latest allegations that Trump may have been involved in a direct quid-pro-quo to get the attorneys general of at least two states to drop investigations into his shady business seminar scheme  -- in one case, reportedly dropping a $5.4 million settlement against Trump -- are little more than just white noise to voters "supporting [Trump] anyway for reasons that have nothing to do with the details of his biography," Carlson argued:

Carlson brought his provocative question to the network's "Outnumbered" the next day during one of the series' near-daily segments bemoaning political correctness run amok on liberal arts college campuses.

"How much of a scam is Yale than Trump University," Carlson asked on Friday, to a round of audible gasps from his co-hosts.

"Wow," Harris Faulkner remarked.

"Listen. I totally agree," co-host Deegan McDowell told Carlson, claiming that parents are spending nearly a quarter million dollars for Yale to turn their child into "an ignorant bigot."

"This is the classic liberal ... breeding intolerance in the name of intolerance," she said.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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