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Feb 29 2016

Trump University Alumni Are Among the Little People Crushed by Trump

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.

On a tip from Torcer. Hat tips: Soopermexican, Right Scoop.



  • Bob

    If Trump is the republican nominee I’m voting for him. The other choice is Hillary Clinton and at this point it looks like it will be Trump. None of the republicans were too good. But at least Trump is pissing off the rhino and donor class republicans.

  • Skip

    Trump University Has A 98% Approval Rating
    http://www.98percentapproval.com/?gclid=CNPvntH8ncsCFdQUHwodSOsKTg

  • Torcer

    Why Trump is unqualified to be the nominee, much less the president.
    1. Trump has no respect for Liberty:

    Trump Promises to Silence Dissent as President https://shar.es/1Cc8Mv via @sharethis

    2. Or private property.

    Trumped: The Donald, the Widow, and Eminent Domain https://shar.es/1CcToY via @sharethis

    3. Trump is favoured by the national socialist left:

    Robert Reich Endorses Ted Cruz – Power Line http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/02/robert-reich-endorses-ted-cruz.php via @powerlineus

    4. Trump is a LIAR:

    Trump’s Yuuge Lies http://natl.re/xQ4FJc via @NRO
    Donald Trump Is Lying About IRS Audits
    http://patterico.com/2016/02/26/donald-trump-is-lying-about-irs-audits/

    5. Trump has been accused of massive fraud:

    With GOP nomination looming, Trump slated to take witness stand in fraud trial https://www.yahoo.com/politics/with-gop-nomination-looming-trump-slated-to-take-191550876.html?
    These campaign ads of Americans SCREWED OVER by ‘Trump University’ are just BRUTAL!! http://therightscoop.com/these-campaign-ads-of-americans-screwed-over-by-trump-university-are-just-brutal/

    7. Trump is a polarizing figure with ‘Yuge’ negatives that will only increase as he’s exposed to the general election voting audience.

    Hillary’s Hope https://shar.es/1CcTai via @sharethis

    8. He’s changed his policy positions multiple times.

    11 reasons this conservative would never, ever, ever vote for Trump http://washex.am/1VHj2Gy via @DCExaminer
    Is Donald Trump A ‘Common Sense Conservative,’ Or Just Mostly Liberal? http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/is-donald-trump-a-common-sense-conservative-or-just-mostly-liberal/ via @IBDeditorials
    Donald Trump (NY-R-I-D-R-NP-R) Has Twice Dumped The GOP, But Remains A Republican At Press Time
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/donald-trump/donald-trump-voter-history-567920

    9. Trump said he’s ‘very similar’ to Bernie Sanders

    http://theweek.com/speedreads/606692/donald-trump-says-hes-similar-bernie-sanders via @TheWeek

    10. Trump is ‘great’ at running a business ..into the ground:

    Trump Mortgage failed. Here’s what that says about the GOP front-runner. http://wapo.st/1pkiBYy?


  • MicahStone

    SOME of the many FAILURES of the CON-MAN…

  • Ed. G. Mann

    Sounds like those enrollees were Millennials. Given their basic education prowess especially in economic knowledge, they got a good deal. Cheaper than the $300,000 or more that the rest wasted on Women and Black Studies.

  • Torcer

    So are you blaming the victims of that scam by Trump?

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Going nowhere. Please put all your eggs in this basket.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    “Trump University “Victim”, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHFhsfwt343634576357536

  • Ed. G. Mann

    Of course! Stupidity is truly the only terminal disease. There is no cure. It is the same as believing Rubio’s crap about how he really didn’t vote vote with the Gang of Eight or Cruz tales of how he didn’t change his position. Once sucked in, you’re had.

    Stick with the GOP; it’s a death sentence. No different from taking courses in Women or Black studies and expecting to get a corporate job.

  • Torcer

    So is it Okay to steal from someone and just claim they are ‘stupid’?

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    H/T a conservative blog, hotgas: Witness the debased asshattery of the establishment RIGHT going after Trump
    http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/3264/The-Big-Conservative-Dictionary-of-Donald-Trump-2nd-Edition.aspx

  • Ed. G. Mann

    The only people you can steal from or scam are thieves and crooks at heart. They believe in getting something for nothing and beating you out of what you have.

    That’s why they get taken. TANSTAAFL! Progressives have screwed up and coming students into stupidity. The only ones not in the clown show are those attending private schools; they avoided the Liberal Plantation.

    People get what they ask for in life. As H.L. Mencken said, usually good and hard.

  • Torcer

    Could you dispense with the BS and answer the Question:
    So is it Okay to steal from someone and just claim they are ‘stupid’?

    Yes or No? [Y or N] if you can only manage one character.

  • Dolan Trump

    If you had been paying attention to politics for at least a few years, you would almost certainly know that it is RINO, not “rhino.” And this highlights so much of Trump’s support. People who simply haven’t been paying attention now telling all of us who have, how things are and what needs to be done.

  • Krummholzt

    Just so I’m clear. We are now infantilizing people who attended Trump University, and supporting frivolous lawsuits? WJW.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    You have all the replies you’re getting. All your answers are contained within previous comments.

  • irandom419

    I don’t really have sympathy for folks that fall for the hotel seminar crap like me and I could care less about not running a licensed institution. But if he wants people to vote for him, and that will never include me, he should reach a settlement with these folks.

  • 762×51

    You mean the frivolous RICO law suits where the court denied Trump summary judgement, holding that there was sufficient cause to proceed to trial and then certified a class of plaintiffs. Those frivolous law suits?

    This word frivolous does not mean what you think it means.

  • Skip

    Torcer, are you related to the author of this blog? Or are you simply someone who believes he has all the answers but has none? It is probably both.

  • Johnny Monday

    You’re going to find out the hard way that Trump=Clinton. He will not get my vote.

  • Torcer

    That’s the point – you’ve been answering with BS.

  • AlanOne7

    I have an MBA, and let me tell you that most Business schools are rackets. Among other things, entrepreneurship, by its very definition, cannot be taught in a classroom. Real estate schools are the bottom of the barrel; never take any “boot camp” weekend seminar that teaches Big Money From Flipping Houses With Nothing Down.

    Here is one website run by a real estate guru who is probably just trash-talking the competition but an interesting read nonetheless:

    http://johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-real-estate-investment-blog/63395139-real-estate-b-s-artist-detection-checklist-part-1

    Yes, he takes on The Donald:

    http://johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-real-estate-investment-blog/93995011-trump-university-is-worse-than-reported

    Anyone here remember Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki? Here’s Reed’s takedown of that book. I haven’t given Reed a dime of money, but he’s a hilarious writer:

    http://johntreed.com/blogs/john-t-reed-s-real-estate-investment-blog/61651011-john-t-reeds-analysis-of-robert-t-kiyosakis-book-rich-dad-poor-dad-part-1

  • Torcer

    Ah yes, the good old fashioned Strawman argument..

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    RICO is unconstitutional. You would think “constitutional conservatives” would know this.

  • S_O_T_A

    I think that’s a yes. But his unwillingness to answer suggests a pang of conscience. Fascinating.

  • Swordie

    These people are idiots. Why would anyone trust Donald Trump? Oh wait…

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  • Ed. G. Mann

    For the pair of you, it is a shame you cannot comprehend the written word. Your questions were answered. Perhaps you don’t like the answers. that’s tough.

    The world is full of fools; I do not suffer them lightly. Most of them let education interfere with their learning. Life is a great teacher; it will harsh your mellow with glee. The contusions and abrasions from quotidian living should inure you from making the dame idiotic choices a second time. However some people don’t grasp the fact that the world was here before them, will be here after them and owes them nothing.

    Some you win, some you lose.The majority of the time you won’t even get tickets to play.

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  • IMPACT1

    SooperMexican isn’t a fan of Trump…so no one should be surprised by this article…

  • IMPACT1

    Good post.

  • 762×51

    Said the hard line supporter of the guy who wants to do away with the 1st Amendment.

    Not being mired down in principles has its advantages, you get to do or say anything you want anytime you want in order to morph into what ever suits your purposes at the moment. The very bedrock of Progressive ideology and the foundation of Alinsky tactics.

    The down side is it can used against you because of the inconsistent nature of deceit which is really all you are selling anyway.

    Here is what I know troll, I know the stench of Progressive ideology and you and your candidate stink of it in every direction from the ground up. The difference between Trump and Clinton is Trump looks better in a pants suit.

  • Torcer

    So is it Okay to con people out of money with Lies? Yes or No?

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Not a troll, retard. You should pay attention.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    He’s all for the amnesty establishment. Big surprise.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    You are clueless. Thanks for confessing it freely.

  • 762×51

    Said the troll who failed to address even one fact I presented. You fucktards substitute arrogance for intelligence then wrap it smugness to hide it.

    You are a joke, just not a funny joke.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    I didn’t think you were that stupid. You insist on proving it. Can you read and comprehend? Try it, if necessary, say the words out loud. It might help.

  • Torcer

    Ed. G. Mann

    I didn’t think you were that stupid. You insist on proving it. Can you read and comprehend? Try it, if necessary, say the words out loud. It might help.
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/moonbattery/trump_university_alumni_are_among_the_little_people_crushed_by_trump/#comment-2546064494

    Ah yes, the ever so disingenuous twisting of words around when you are bereft of an intellectual response.

    I ask questions that way to cut through the BS and now that it’s been shown that you cannot even answer a straight forward question you delve into childish tactics such a that.

    I will ask this question knowing that the odds of you answering it are nil:

    How is some supposed to know that a public figure is LYING about what they are offering?

  • 762×51

    Pay attention to your baseless one liners?

    The Sunday comics section contains more information and intelligence that all your posts combined.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    You will never know unless you know that person. If they’re a politician, they lie. Is that simple enough for you?

  • Torcer

    Ed. G. Mann

    You will never know unless you know that person. If they’re a politician, they lie. Is that simple enough for you?
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/moonbattery/trump_university_alumni_are_among_the_little_people_crushed_by_trump/#comment-2546302874

    Actually, it’s unfair and wrong to make blanket statements like that.
    But at the time Trump wasn’t a ‘politician’ was he?

    Now that you’ve answered that question, let’s try the original:

    Is it Okay to steal from someone and just claim they are ‘stupid’?
    Yes or No? [Y or N]

    And:
    Is it Okay to con people out of money with Lies?

    Yes or No? [Y or N]

    Let’s see if you can manage typing 2 characters on the screen without issuing more childish invective.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    I never claimed that Trump is a politician. He’s running for office but that doesn’t make one a politician. Are you claiming Carson is also in the same position as Trump? That too is a stretch.

  • Torcer

    Please dispense with the strawmen and answer the questions:
    Is it Okay to steal from someone and just claim they are ‘stupid’?
    Yes or No? [Y or N]

    And:
    Is it Okay to con people out of money with Lies?

    Yes or No? [Y or N]

    Let’s see if you can manage typing 2 characters on the screen without issuing more childish invective.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    Let us see if you can understand that there are no black and white answers. Nothing is so tidy. Not even the ‘Ten Suggestions’ which were graven in stone by God’s own finger are interpreted as such. But it is nice to know that your wisdom is far superior to Solomon’s. Have you ever considered running for a local office of magistrate. Or maybe a policeman. The citizenry needs such insights.

  • Torcer

    And once again you have FAILED to answer the question..

  • Ed. G. Mann

    After going through how many iterations of explanations of my position, I find it fruitless to involve you in further discussions.
    You see things only in black and white; the world is in shades of gray. Far more nuanced than you’re capable of perceiving.
    So here’s the final response. You have received all the responses you deserve and will ever get. Ta-ta.

  • Torcer

    You can dispense with the ‘black and white’ false narrative.

    And please answer the questions.
    Is it Okay to steal from someone and just claim they are ‘stupid’?
    Yes or No? [Y or N]

    And:
    Is it Okay to con people out of money with Lies?

    Yes or No? [Y or N]

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