The college admission scandal has united political foes in condemnation

William Cummings

WASHINGTON – Amid the growing outrage over an allegedly massive college admissions cheating scheme, many in Washington are likely glad to see a scandal where the epicenter is not located on Capitol Hill. 

And they have been anxious to share in their constituents' expressions of indignation in response to the scandal. 

Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, have united in their condemnation of the members of the elite who were willing to pay top dollar, and do whatever it took, to get their progeny into whatever college their hearts desired. 

Here are some examples of the ire and proposed remedies political figures have shared since the scandal broke:  

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced a bill Thursday to remove the tax break for donations to universities for families whose children plan to enroll. 

"This is yet another example of how the tax code helps the wealthiest Americans get even further ahead," Wyden said in a statement. "Middle-class families don’t have access to this back door for their children. If the wealthy want to grease the skids, they shouldn’t be able to do so at the expense of American taxpayers."

Self-described democratic-socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., painted the scandal as another example of how money undermines fairness, comparing it to the influence of political campaign contributions. 

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said during an interview with Fox News that her department was working to "see if any of the regulations that we are responsible for have been broken." 

"All Americans want things to be fair. And they’re clearly not. This goes to K-12 education as well," DeVos said. 

"This college admissions scandal is some of the most odious, vile, repugnant, reprehensible conduct I’ve seen in a long time," Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said in tweet. "I don’t care how many movies you’ve made. I don't care how much money you’ve made. Right is still right, & wrong is still wrong."

During an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she had "zero" sympathy for the parents implicated in the scandal. 

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel used the scandal to take a shot at Warren, calling her statement "ironic" because the 2020 hopeful used her past identification as Native American to get an admissions edge – although a Boston Globe investigation has revealed that was not the case. 

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway took a dig at actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who were among those named in the indictment. 

Donald Trump Jr. accused Hollywood celebrities of being "strangely silent" on the scandal. 

Conservative commentator Candace Owens used the scandal to attack David Hogg – a survivor of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, who has become a leading gun control advocate. Owens implied without evidence that fraud was behind Hogg's recent acceptance to Harvard University. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The college admission scandal has united political foes in condemnation