When the Mary L. Trump book was announced, there was a lot of speculation that this would be more family gossip than anything else.
As it turns out, that assumption seems more like fact, with several claims in the book already being debunked.
At the top of that list was Mary Trump’s claim that Donald Trump cheated on his SATs, with the wife of the alleged cheat coming forward to clear things up.
Mary Trump claims in her book that Trump paid his buddy Joe Shapiro to help him pass the SATs.
She wrote, “To hedge his bets he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker to take his SATs for him.
“That was much easier to pull on in the days before photo IDS and computerized records.
“Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well.”
The media, leftists, and anti-Trumpers have already jumped all over this, calling for Trump’s degree to be returned amid the allegations.
The problem for Mary’s claim, though, is that she is basing off hearsay (she was just a toddler when Trump was 18) and Shapiro’s wife has come forward to blow the allegation right out of the water.
Debunking Mary’s Claim
Joe Shapiro has passed, but his widow, Pam Shriver, is still alive, and she did not take kindly to her husband’s name being soiled.
Shriver stated, “My late husband Joe Shapiro passed away 21 years ago. He was a man of great integrity, honesty; he was a hard worker. He was literally the smartest person I ever met.
“He went to University of Pennsylvania, member of the class of 1968. It was while he was at University of Pennsylvania where he met Donald Trump.
“They became friends; they loved the sport of golf. They shared the same hometown of New York City; they shared the same campus.
“They stayed in a little bit of touch through the years.”
“But obviously Joe’s not here to defend himself and say what happened, but I just want to recollect what he told me about where he met Mr. Trump.
“And I want to thank all of Joe’s close friends and his sister Beth for our talks in the past 24 hours about what an upstanding, outstanding man Joe Shapiro was.”
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) July 8, 2020
Mary Trump has a clear ax to grind with Trump and it appears this book is her way of getting even.
The White House has also responded to the outrageous claims made by Mary Trump, calling the book nothing but a collection of “falsehoods.”
Source: Fox News