Tonight at the CNN GOP Presidential Debate, Donald Trump was (finally) challenged about his disastrous Trump University fail by Marco Rubio, who apparently had extra Wheaties this morning. Trump chose to defend the failed failure:
“They actually did a very goood job. And I won most of the lawsuits.”
Actually, they did a very bad job. Here’s some background:
Louis Piatt still regrets the day he signed up for Trump University. The Monroe, Iowa retiree says he was duped into squandering more than $11,000 on real estate seminars and workshops.
While Piatt lost money, Trump himself made millions. Trump University paid Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, $5 million out of some $40 million received by the university from 2005 to 2010, court records show.
There are at least three active lawsuits against Trump and Trump University – one by the New York Attorney General’s Office and two related California class actions. Trump has said he has returned his $5 million in fees to the university, but the entity has yet to repay most of its former students.
Piatt, who is not a named plaintiff in these three lawsuits, filed an official complaint with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
People in 11 states have filed complaints with their attorneys general. In his complaint to Iowa’s attorney general, Piatt included a letter he sent to Trump University seeking some of his money back.
Thousands of people throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico – like Piatt – say the university duped them. In lawsuits and complaints, they say they were lured to free seminars where they were pressured into paying for largely useless workshops starting at $1,495 and topping out at $35,000 for a “Gold Elite Program.”
Want more? Here’s more from CNN Money. This is from 2011. It’s not like this isn’t known about. They just never ask him about it. Ask yourself why.
But the fact that the video is a few years old doesn’t mean the story is. This is from Yahoo! just a few days ago, via Jay Caruso’s excellent article:
As noted by Yahoo News last week, the Trump University case has already intruded on Trump’s political schedule. On Dec. 10, 2015, during a day he was making international headlines over his pledge to ban Muslim immigrants from the United States, Trump managed to escape any press attention and give a closed-door pretrial deposition in the case, according to court filings reviewed by Yahoo News. Exactly what he said in the deposition remains under seal, but lawyers for Tarla Makaeff, a California yoga instructor who is the lead plaintiff in the case, cited portions of his testimony (blacked out in her pleadings) to support their contention that Trump has threatened to ruin her financially for bringing the lawsuit and that she needs protection from his “retaliation.”
But Donald says they did a “very good job” and that he’s won “most” of the lawsuits. That’s what he calls a good job? Being called a scam and sued by the people who forked over their money?
If that’s what a very good job is, one can only wonder what his definition of making something great is.