In a 2006 segment of Howard Stern’s radio show, Donald Trump, a frequent guest on the show, brought along his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. The conversation eventually turned to the Trump kids attempting to convince Stern that they got into Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, their father’s alma mater, on their own merit. They touted their high SAT scores and even maintained that it was impossible for someone to buy their way into the university.
At that point, on the heels of their shameless self-promotion, Howard Stern gave them all a simple pop quiz: multiply 17 by 6.
It didn’t go well for the Trumps.
Trump Jr. offered “96.” Then, further in the wrong direction, he tried “94.”
Ivanka, for her part, decried the question in and of itself as “not practical.” Because there are no situations where basic multiplication would be “practical.” Especially in business.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, with the confidence of a seasoned economist, offers up the inane answer of “eleven twelve.” If he meant “1,112,” then not only is he wrong, but he’s off by 1,010, or about 1,000%. Otherwise, this Wharton School of Business alum gave the answer of two arbitrary consecutive numbers, “11, 12,” which is so absurd, there is absolutely no way to explain – much less justify – it.
Stern then offers the correct answer – 102 – but the Trumps continue to reject it. There comes a point when Trump seems to convince Howard Stern that the answer is “112.” Of course, this would prove to be just one of the many, many instances to come in which Trump convinces someone to buy the utter baseless nonsense he spews.
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