Will Trump U. be the scandal to finally put some kind of dent in Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency? Only if voters are telling the truth when they say they like Trump because “he tells it like it is” and “he’s successful.”
He’s neither of those things, and Donald’s reaction to media coverage of the multiple lawsuits surrounding Trump U. (he’s not allowed to call it “University”) are telling: Not only does Trump continue to lie about his scheme, he is very unsuccessfully lying about it.
Case in point: Trump says 98 percent of students “approved” of their experience — he put together a sloppy website about it — but that is so clearly a lie it’s difficult to know where to start.
Trump U. was forced to give refunds to 32 percent of students in its $1,495 program and 16 percent of its $34,995 program — and that’s not including students who wanted refunds but didn’t get them. And students who did make it long enough to fill out evaluation forms — the basis of Trump’s 98 percent claims — did so under pressure from instructors, who hovered over them as they filled out forms and called them after the fact to badger them into changing poor reviews.
But Trump’s most recent attempt to clear his image of this scandal is so incompetently dishonest that this whole campaign is starting to look like a long piece of satirical performance art.
The campaign released a video in defense of Trump U. claiming the scam was informative, consensual, honest, and worth the cost. The only problem? As RedState’s Leon Wolf wrote yesterday, the video “features three people – none of whom have ever bought or sold real estate for a living.” Who are the three people in the ad? Michelle Gunn, a professional “testimonial giver,” Kent Moyer, who runs seminar-style events like Trump U. for a living, and Casey Hoban, whose “protein water” product is sold at Trump resorts.
In other words: Trump’s testimonial for a scam is itself, a scam.
Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson