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Did Donald Trump Say Community College Is '13th Grade' for 'Dummys'?

An image suggesting that the president called community college "13th grade ... for dummies" is fabricated.

Published April 6, 2018

President Donald Trump insulted community colleges in a tweet, calling them "13th grade" and for "dummys" [sic].

In early April 2018 a purported screenshot of a tweet attributed to President Trump circulated, suggesting he described community colleges as "13th grade" for "dummys":

The screenshot read:

Community college, call it vocational and technical school. People know what that means. They don't know what community college means. Maybe call it 13th grade, that's more like it. Community college makes it sound like it's real college and it's not. It's only for dummys.

Inspiration for the tweet appeared to be actual 30 March 2018 remarks President Trump made during a speech in Ohio:

I don't know what that means, a community college. Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means. They don't know what a community college means.

The tweet's date and timestamp suggested it was shared on 30 March 2018 at 5:55 A.M. President Trump only published one tweet on 30 March 2018.  Politwoops archives all tweets deleted by President Trump (and other politicians). On 6 April 2018, the most recent tweet deletion by President Trump was on 21 March 2018, and it was not related to community college.


Martines, Jamie.   "Trump Dismisses Community Colleges During Infrastructure Speech."     TribLIVE.   31 March 2018.

Notopoulos, Katie.   "The Latest Twitter Trend: Manual Retweet Shaming."     BuzzFeed.   22 April 2013.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.