Among the many little people Donald Trump has screwed royally in the process of amassing his fortune are the alumni of Trump University:
Details on the Trump University scam:
When the “school” was established in 2005, the New York State Education Department warned that it was in violation of state law for operating without a NYSED license. Trump ignored the warnings. (The institution is now called, ahem, “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”) Cue lawsuits.
Trump University is currently the defendant in three lawsuits — two class-action lawsuits filed in California, and one filed in New York by then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who told CNN’s New Day in 2013 “We started looking at Trump University and discovered that it was a classic bait-and-switch scheme. It was a scam, starting with the fact that it was not a university.”
Individual victims have lost as much as $60,000.
The New York suit explains how the swindle works:
The free seminars were the first step in a bait and switch to induce prospective students to enroll in increasingly expensive seminars starting with the three-day $1495 seminar and ultimately one of respondents’ advanced seminars such as the “Gold Elite” program costing $35,000.
At the “free” 90-minute introductory seminars to which Trump University advertisements and solicitations invited prospective students, Trump University instructors engaged in a methodical, systematic series of misrepresentations designed to convince students to sign up for the Trump University three-day seminar at a cost of $1495.
Promises have been used to separate the gullible from their money:
Trump’s promises that the three-day seminar ($1,495) would include “access to ‘private’ or ‘hard money’ lenders and financing,” that it would include a “year-long ‘apprenticeship support’ program,” and that it would “improve the credit scores” of students were empty.
The Trump University playbook describes this institution of learning the hard way’s admission standards:
[A] 41-page “Private & Confidential” playbook printed on Trump University letterhead … spells out the one essential qualification in caps: “ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN FULL.” Basically, anyone with a valid credit card was “admitted” to Trump University.
Well, not quite anyone…
If a member of the media happened to approach the registration table, Trump staffers were instructed not to talk to him or her under any circumstance. …
At one point, the playbook advises Trump staffers: “If a district attorney arrives on the scene, contact the appropriate media spokesperson immediately.”
As the Weekly Standard reported in a piece entitled “Nine Tales of Trump at His Trumpiest,”
At one seminar, attendees were told they’d get to have their picture taken with Trump. Instead, they ended up getting snapped with his cardboard cutout.
There you have it: Trump in a nutshell. Maybe those persuaded to sacrifice limited government for promises regarding immigration can get their pictures taken next to a cardboard version of a border wall.