ABC News’ “The View” slammed the wealthy parents and students wrapped up in the college admissions cheating scandal on Wednesday’s show
“Look, I was shocked to learn that I could have gone — if my parents had enough money, I could have gone through school pretending I was a gymnast,” Ana Navarro said.
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“There are so many black and brown kids, and poor white kids, in these schools who are told and made to feel like they don’t belong there, there are people who go against affirmative action… and damn it, to know that they are gaming the system this way and the ones that don’t belong there, and don’t deserve to be there, and are paying to be there are these kids, not those kids, just angered me to no end,” Navarro continued.
Federal authorities made several high profile arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday — and outlined a top-secret investigation into an alleged scam involving rich and famous clients paying millions to a network of counselors and coaches to ensure their privileged children be granted admission to some of the country’s most prestigious colleges.
Actress Felicity Huffman, who is accused of paying a bribe to help get her daughter into a top school, was eligible for release Tuesday on $250,000 bond. Lori Loughlin was taken into custody Wednesday after being away in Canada on an entertainment project when the bust went down.
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Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed with Navarro and asked how “mediocre” wealthy students must have to be to scam a system that “disproportionally advantages you anyway.”
Co-host Joy Behar enjoyed Hostin’s point, prompting Hostin to reiterate it.
“You must really be mediocre if you have to game that system because you’ve got all the advantages of that system anyway,” Hostin said.
Behar chimed in, “They don’t want them to go to just any school.”
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Navarro then rattled off various “advantages” that wealthy kids can benefit from, such as access to tutors.
Hostin then pivoted to bashing President Trump, because his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was allegedly accepted into Harvard because of a large donation. However, Hostin doesn’t think allegations against Kushner are as negative the people arrested on Tuesday.
“We know that people like Jared Kushner’s family pays, allegedly, $2.5 million to get them in. We know the families that donate a wing to a building or donate a library. Well that’s sometimes… to the benefit of everyone,” Hostin said. “But this is fraud. This is someone taking the exam for your kid.”
Hostin said the two different scenarios are “very different” and she is sickened by the scandal.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.