What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 21, 2016

Trump "University" Fraud Settlement

Amidst Trump's two assaults on free speech this weekend (assault one and assault two), you may have missed a bigger story.

The bigger story is his settling of his multimillion dollar fraud case.  John Cassidy at the New Yorker has the gist:
The lawsuits, two in California and one in New York, were filed on behalf of thousands of people, some of them elderly and of modest means, who alleged that Trump University had lured them into spending thousands of dollars on courses in real-estate speculation that turned out to be of little or no value. During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that the lawsuits were baseless, and vowed that he would never settle. But on Friday, just ten days before one of the cases was due to go to court in San Diego, he agreed to pay twenty-five million dollars in restitution and fines.
You can read the lawsuit here.

The ABA Journal has this:
The New York suit said the unlicensed university claimed its courses were taught by handpicked instructors who would teach “get rich” techniques, even though only one of the live-event instructors had even met Donald Trump. The suit also alleged that students who attended Trump University classes were encouraged to take increasingly expensive courses in a “bait and switch” tactic.
And this just weeks before he's set to take the oath of office.

Yes, challenging the 1st Amendment rights of actors and comedians is troubling enough for the next leader of the free world but the President-Elect effectively scammed thousands of people out of millions of dollars they couldn't afford.

I'd like to personally thank each Trump voter for delivering this proven con-man to the Oval Office.

I will not adapt to this new normal.