*Donald Trump has moved on from questioning President Obama’s place of birth to questioning whether or not he earned the right to receive an Ivy League education.
In an interview with the Associated Press Monday, the real estate mogul said Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he has the legitimacy of the president’s birth certificate.
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Trump said. “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”
Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983 with a degree in political science after transferring from Occidental College in California. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude 1991 and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
Obama’s 2008 campaign did not release his college transcripts, and in his best-selling memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama indicated he hadn’t always been an academic star. Trump told the AP that Obama’s refusal to release his college grades were part of a pattern of concealing information about himself.
“I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard,” Trump said. “We don’t know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
The so-called “birther” controversy has dominated the early stage of the 2012 GOP nominating contest, with Trump leading the charge.
“I have more people that are excited about the fact that I reinvigorated this whole issue,” Trump said, adding “the last guy (Obama) wants to run against is Donald Trump.”
Trump is scheduled to travel to the early primary states of New Hampshire and Nevada this week and said he will make a final decision about a presidential bid by June.