‘I personally don’t trust Donald Trump. With Donald Trump, you always have to read the fine print.’
March 11, 2016
The truth about Trump University, from a man who would know—for a time, he worked for the con man.
More about Trump University from Ian Tuttle at NRO: “Yes, Trump University Was a Massive Scam”
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 . . . .
To do that, instructors touted Trump’s own promises: that students would be “mentored” by “handpicked” real-estate experts, who would use Trump’s own real-estate strategies.
This is important to remember, because a big part of Trump’s pitch now is that it doesn’t matter that he’s clearly unfamiliar with policy (and not very interested in starting to give it more thought), because he will hand-pick the best experts to advise him. Given his record the last time he promised to hand-pick experts, it is likely that he will not manage to keep even this modest promise.
But according to the New York complaint, none of the instructors was “handpicked” by Trump, many of them came from fields having nothing to do with real estate, and Trump “‘never’ reviewed any of Trump University’s curricula or programming materials.” The materials were “in large part developed by a third-party company that creates and develops materials for an array of motivational speakers and seminar and timeshare rental companies.”
. . . Despite hints from Trump University instructors that Trump was “going to be in town,” “often drops by,” or “might show up,” he never did. As Matt Labash recounted in The Weekly Standard: “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.”