Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What Trump University Promised, and What It Delivered

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM

So much to unpack about Trump University. Never a university. No longer in existence, like so many other Trump ventures. Huge promises from Trump to people desperate for good news, but the most reliable result was people spending $35,000 to $60,000 with little or nothing to show for it. Lawsuit by scammed "students," which Trump says is groundless. Release of Trump U documents ordered by the judge, who Trump vilifies in a 12 minute tirade.

Bottom line: Trump is a showman, a pitch man, a carnival barker, a con man. Whether he's selling Trump steaks, Trump wine, Trump University or President Trump, the product may change, but the pitch remains the same, as do the insults hurled at anyone who dares to stand in his way.

Let's start with the most recent development. A judge ordered that documents about Trump University pertaining to the lawsuit should be unsealed. (Monday morning, the judge made them public.) Last Friday during a rally in San Diego, Trump devoted 12 substance-free minutes of his 58 minute address to how awful the judge is.
“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd of several thousand booed. “He is not doing the right thing.”
Not much there. Here's a tad more information.
“We’re in front of a very hostile judge,” Mr. Trump said. “The judge was appointed by Barack Obama, federal judge. Frankly, he should recuse himself because he’s given us ruling after ruling after ruling, negative, negative, negative.”
So. The judge should recuse himself because he was appointed by Obama and he's ruled against Trump. What's more, the judge, according to Trump, is "Mexican." In fact, Curiel was born in Indiana.

"Trump University" was never a university. It was one of those get-rich-quick cons that begin with free promotional seminars about how to make millions in real estate designed to convince people to buy increasingly more expensive coursework. The first three day seminar costs $1,495. The "Gold Elite" programs cost $35,000.

Trump touted the value of the "university" in a promotional video. You'll recognize his sales pitch if you've watched any of the Trump for President Show.
"At Trump University, we teach success. That's what it's all about. Success. It's going to happen to you. . . . Trump University is about knowledge, about a lot of different things. Above all, it's about how to become successful. . . . We're going to have professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific, terrific people, terrific brains, successful. We are going to have the best of the best. . . . These are all people that are hand picked by me [No, he didn't handpick the instructors, nor did he review the curriculum or the materials] . . . The biggest step toward success is going to be a signup for Trump University. We're going to teach you about business, we're going to teach you better than the business schools are going to teach you, and I went to the best business schools. We're going to teach you better, it's going to be a shorter process.  . . . It's going to be what you need to know. . . .  We're also going to make sure that no matter what you do, as I said before, you're going to love it."
According to many of the people who went through the program, it was basically worthless. As Trump might say if Trump U was run by one of his opponents and he tweeted about it: Weak. Bad. Really pathetic. Crooked. Dishonest.

The Donald's Tweets BONUS FEATURE: For your viewing pleasure, from the New York Times, A Complete List of "The 224 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter."

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