FBI Called on to Investigate David Hogg's Harvard Admission
Candace Owens alleges gun control advocate's application may be fraudulent
Candace Owens has called on the FBI to investigate the Harvard admission of David Hogg, alleging that the Parkland High School student's application may have been fraudulent.
Owens, a conservative activist and director of Turning Point USA, took to Twitter on Wednesday asking if the feds should look into anti-gun activist Hogg's college admission.
The calls by Owens came in response to news that the Department of Justice announced dozens of arrests Tuesday, surrounding a nationwide college admissions scheme involving a number of Hollywood elites and wealthy Democratic donors.
While on the topic of fraudulent college admissions... I wonder if our @FBI will take a look at David Hogg’s acceptance into Harvard University.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 13, 2019
That’s got to be the biggest University scam of the decade.
The “ringleader” behind the bribery scandal, William Rick Singer was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.
“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman and “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin were among the 50 people charged in the “Operation Varsity Blues” criminal investigation.
Loughlin has been taken into custody and is expected to make her first court appearance in federal court Wednesday for a bond hearing in Los Angeles, California.
Owens suggested that David Hogg's Harvard University admission may also be fraudulent after he was, surprisingly, admitted to the college in December.
According to Insider, David Hogg — a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting and advocate for gun law reform — announced in December that he's going to Harvard University in the fall.
The reaction was mixed.
After surviving the shooting in February, which took 17 lives, Hogg became one of the leaders of the March For Our Lives movement, which demands gun law reform and recruits young people into political activism.
He took a gap year after graduating in June to focus on March For Our Lives instead of going directly to college.
His activism has made him a lightning rod for criticism on the political right.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham, for example, mocked him after four colleges rejected him.
.@Harvard just made a mockery of itself.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) December 23, 2018
Over politics. https://t.co/o59mvQPDRR
I was wondering why I didn’t get into @Harvard. At first I thought it was my 1080 SAT score. But maybe it was my essay “Why I joined the @NRA” that sealed the deal. https://t.co/5o8sN0gwZ6— Grant Stinchfield (@stinchfield1776) December 23, 2018
Further evidence that SATs don’t mean much. Thanks.— Quentin Hardy (@qhardy) December 23, 2018
Somewhere in the middle of all of this, TMZ reported that Hogg had a 4.2 GPA and got 1270 out of 1600 on the SAT.
Now that he's going to Harvard, Hogg's SAT score has become a flashpoint for his critics.
It's well below the usual score for the Ivy League school — the average score for admitted students is 1520, according to Prep Scholar.
Questions over Hogg's Harvard admission have reemerged as the lastest college scandal has been thrust into the spotlight.
According to the Daily Wire, several of the wealthy parents netted in the FBI's "Operation Varsity Blues" are big money Democratic donors, including actress Felicity Huffman and her husband Willam H. Macy, who are accused of spending somewhere between $15,000 and $45,000 to "assist" their daughter in passing the SATs.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that, of the 33 parents who paid a collective $25 million to scam their children into Ivy League and other selective schools, several are well-known for mingling with the who's who of Democratic elite.
Huffman, for her part, is a routine Democratic donor, giving thousands to candidates over the years, according to public records.
She's a big fan of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) but typically donates to ActBlue, a group that serves as a clearinghouse for Democratic candidates, allowing donors to bypass individual spending limits.
Thanks to two high-profile indictments on the case (Huffman and fellow actress Lori Loughlin, who may be on the hook for serious wire fraud charges), other parents facing trouble with the FBI have been able to fly below the radar.
But that group also includes a fair number of political power players.
Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, a huge law firm on the East Coast, spent $125,000, the Free Beacon reports, to have his daughter's SATs corrected before they were turned in to proctors.
He "gave the maximum allowable donation to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. He donated an additional $25,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and $22,300 to the Democratic National Committee in 2016, months before Clinton lost to Donald Trump. Caplan began giving to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2005."
The FBI says they are not done investigating the college admissions scandal at the core of "Operation Varsity Blues," and that a number of other parents, coaches, and school administrators may be indicted in the coming days.
Both Huffman and Loughlin have turned themselves in to authorities and are out on bail.