And the crazies just keep on joining the Trump Freak Show

And the crazies keep on coming…

Meet Trump’s Illuminati Scholar

They’ve done it. Finally, the Trump administration has reached its logical conclusion. The presidency that began with Alex Jones and birtherism has finally brought a brave truth teller into the deep state fold.

If you haven’t heard, Donald Trump has appointed George Mentz to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Yes, the(Dr.jur.) George Mentz, JD, MBA, CWM ®, Counselor of Law, Licensed Attorney – USA – Academy GAFM ®.

That’s actually his bio. He’s very scholarly.

I know what you might be thinking: it’s unfair to take a weirdly beefed-up bio he used once and point to it as a sign that a man is unfit to serve on a presidential commission. I hear you. Except he uses a form of this bio everywhere: Twitter, LinkedIn, and his Amazon author page.

We’ll come back to that Amazon author page in a minute. But first let’s talk about what the Commission on Presidential Scholars actually does:

The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to select and honor the Presidential Scholars. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. The Commissioners make the final selection of the 161 Presidential Scholars. The Scholars demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.

In short, it’s a commission that awards resumé boosters. And if Mentz’s extensive bio tells us anything, he really cares about resumés. So maybe that’s why President Trump selected Mentz—he’s a subject-matter expert.

Or not. Because Mentz is also a Trump super-fan, donor, and cheerleader at We’ve gotten to this stage of the Trump presidency where the spoils spoon is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Funnily enough, though, Trump’s selection of Mentz as a “global education pioneer” has a thin veneer of truth to it, as the Denver Post reports:

Mentz owns the Global Academy of Finance and Management, which is registered in Colorado Springs. He was previously the CEO of a similar Colorado Springs company, the American Academy of Financial Management.

Both companies award certifications, allowing applicants to add an alphabet soup of titles after their names. For a fee, you can become an accredited life coach, a certified political scientist, a master Islamic financial specialist or more than a hundred other titles. Having such a certification “makes you one of the next generation of global leaders,” according to a message from Mentz on the GAFM website.
Is a Master Islamic Financial Specialist an expert on Sharia? I’d like to know, but I’m not sure I want to pay $378 to become one and find out. According to Mentz’s website, there are only two of these exalted experts in the world, and only one in the United States, so it’s an exclusive group.

(If you’re looking for a rabbit hole to go down, start Googling the folks who did pay Mentz, because it. is. wild.)

What makes Mentz interesting isn’t that he’s been accused of running what amounts to a diploma mill, but rather, his body of printed and digital work. It’s Norman Vincent Peale meets InfoWars. It’s Chicken Soup for the Conspiratorial Soul. Grab your tinfoil and let’s go for a ride through some of his greatest hits….