Instead of backtracking or spouting off excuses, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump chose to respond to the litany of accusations that were made against his former real estate training program, Trump University, by doubling down.
“After the litigation is disposed of and the case won, I have instructed my execs to open Trump U(?), so much interest in it!” he tweeted Thursday morning, despite reports of his program having defrauded students of tens of thousands of dollars.
According to The Hill, on the very same day Trump issued that tweet, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was overseeing a trio of lawsuits against Trump, unsealed documents showing that Trump University encouraged students to obtain credit cards to pay for their tuition.
“We teach the technique of using OPM … other people’s money,” the sales script for the program reportedly read.
After the litigation is disposed of and the case won, I have instructed my execs to open Trump U(?), so much interest in it! I will be pres.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2016
However, Trump disputed these accusations and in fact released a video Wednesday that showed three former students praising the classes they took at Trump University.
“The courses that I took were outstanding,” said one student in the video, which may be viewed below. “In fact, I still have them on my iTunes and my cellphone and listen to them every once in a while.”
The very next day, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slammed Trump’s former training program as a “fraud from beginning to end.”
“We have a law against running an illegal, unlicensed university,” he said. “This never was a university. The fraud started with the name of the organization, and you can’t just go around saying this is the George Stephanopoulos Law Firm/Hospital/University without actually qualifying and registering, so it was really a fraud from beginning to end.”
Fraud or not, the presumptive GOP nominee appeared unwilling to back down or issue any apologies. As far as he was concerned, the program had been a success — and that was all that mattered to him.
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