A graduate school study guide appeared to disparage President Donald Trump as “unfit,” a racist and a tax cheat in several practice questions.
The most recent copy of the Law School Admission Test prep book directly mentions the president and uses a statement which is “encountered on a daily basis through social media, entertainment, and cable news,” according to The College Fix.
“Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States of America,” according to the LSAT prep book, which was first published in December 2016 and reprinted May 24, 2018. “He lacks political experience and backs racist policies, such as internment camps and deportation.”
Test takers are told to “ignore outside biases, judgments, and knowledge” acting as “a one-person jury at a criminal trial using a standard of reasonableness under the circumstances presented by the argument.”
“The author’s conclusion is that Donald Trump would not be a good president,” the test stated. “The author offers Trump’s lack of political experience and supposed racist policies as the evidence, or premises, to justify his conclusion. The author also cites examples of policies. Evaluating the strength of the logical connection between the premises and conclusion is how reasonableness is determined.”
In another example from the prep book, the president is referred to as “Ronald Trump.”
“Ronald Thump will be the next great president of the United States,” the guide stated. “His cutthroat business tactics will be quite effective as the nation’s top executive. Mr. Thump’s manipulation of tax and bankruptcy loopholes helped grow his father’s fortune.”
According to the College Fix:
The question then asks the test taker to choose from five possible answers the one that the author “would most likely agree” with: that businessmen “always make the best presidents,” Thump is “the most successful businessman of all time,” it’s “always advisable” to manipulate tax and bankruptcy loopholes, Thump’s fortune depends on his father, and “Business experience is directly relevant to succeeding as president.” (The correct answer is the last option.)
Despite its initial flattering assessment of the lightly fictionalized candidate, the takeaway of the statement is that the current president previously manipulated tax policy for his family’s benefit.
LSAT material is “governed by strict guidelines to avoid bias, and all content undergoes multiple reviews to ensure that there is no bias,” senior director of executive communications and public affairs for the group that administers the LSAT, Wendy Margolis, wrote.
“There are numerous test prep companies and courses that license our official content, which comes from previously administered LSATs,” she said. “These companies have to meet our licensing standards, which means that we know they are basing their courses and books on our official material.”
Margolis, told Fox News that Test Prep Books is not associated with LSAC, and they do not license official LSAT content.
The LSAT is “designed to measure critical thinking skills,” and “topics that might cause a reaction one way or another could interfere with their ability to demonstrate these skills,” Margolis said.
Neither working contact information nor a web presence for Test Prep Books or publisher Windham Press could be found by College Fix. Prep materials for the SAT or Advanced Placement exams did not appear to have any references to Trump.
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