Trump’s University Scam Finally Catches Up With Him

If you attended Trump University, odds are that you are not a big supporter of his presidential run. The now defunct Trump University was opened in 2005 with the promise to teach students real estate investing techniques. So through expensive courses, students could be just like him. Sounds like fun right?

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Screengrab from Video

According to Lab ProLib, in August of 2013, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Trump worth $40-million. They go on to report:

“The lawsuit seeks full restitution for the more than 5,000 consumers nationwide who were defrauded of over $40 million in the scheme, disgorgement of profits, as well as costs and penalties and injunctive relief prohibiting these types of illegal practices going forward.”

They also report that:

“Instead of providing all of the promised services, instructors used the three-day seminars to pitch consumers expensive Trump Elite mentorship programs costing $10,000 to $35,000. Trump University promised that the mentorships provided one-on-one training during which students would have personal assistance until they executed their first real estate deal and recouped the cost of the program.”

Adding insult to financial injury, the Trump University students were promised a visit with Trump himself. Instead, many just got a picture taken with a cardboard cutout of Trump.

In another report in 2014:

“A Manhattan state Supreme Court judge found Donald Trump personally liable for knowingly running his now-defunct Trump University without a license.”

Digging even further into the dealings of Trump University, the San Diego Union Tribune reported — just over a month ago — on two class-action lawsuits that have been going through the San Diego federal court for the last five years. To these lawsuits they report:

“One lawsuit was filed in 2010 by a handful of students who paid as much as $35,000 each to attend Trump University, which they claim was a sham “full of empty promises” and not as advertised.”

They also report that:

“A source with knowledge of the case said Trump was deposed last week.”

The second lawsuit consists of only one student and was filed in 2013. One has to wonder why this is not a bigger issue on the campaign trail. With all of the tension between Trump and Megan Kelly, maybe that’s why he is weary of facing her again. She might just have a few unexpected questions about his “University.”

Lastly, this is the man that wants to run the dealings of the country. How can we trust a man who can’t even run his own Trump University legally or ethically? While the other Republican presidential hopefuls are no prize either, Trump truly shows the pathetic arrogance – and above the law attitude – that many around the world despise us for.

This scam is finally catching up with Trump though. The case is being scheduled for trial and I’m sure his lawyers are scrambling to delay it.


Kristie is 22-years-old and resides in Nashville, TN. While reading is a passion, she also has a passion for writing. Reporting on social issues such as LGBT rights, racial injustices, and religious intolerance, she also has a vested interest in the current political climate in America.