Trump’s defense of Trump University fails the straight-face test

Donald Trump appears to be going down on his Trump University scam. He’s made two arguments this week in support of his claim of innocence. Both arguments fail to pass the straight-face test. As you all know, good lawyers can come up with all sorts of arguments in support of their client’s position in litigation. Tha’ts what good lawyers are paid to do. The straight-face test is a simple litmus test for determining whether to make a particular argument. Rule of thumb: Don’t make an argument if you can’t keep a straight face when you make it. These arguments are ridiculous.

The first argument is that Trump University was legitimate because 98% of the students gave the program the highest rating possible. That’s true, however, they filled out the evaluations in front of their instructors who asked them for the highest rating and this happened before the students were given their certificates and permitted to leave the main meeting room. In other words, the forms were not filled out anonymously and they filled them out with the expectation that they would soon learn Trump’s secrets to buying and selling real estate. That didn’t happen.

Instead instructors, many of whom knew little or nothing about real estate, have provided sworn statements that the school was a scam and they were told to focus on persuading people to spend more money for the advanced courses. They were also told to pressure the students into giving the favorable ratings before they took the actual courses.

The second argument is that Trump has produced three people who claim to have taken the courses and prospered. They do not qualify as independent witnesses, however, because they are in business with Donald Trump.

Trump announced today at a rally in San Jose that the school was so successful that he plans to reopen Trump University. I wouldn’t bet the ranch that will happen since New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and California Attorney General Kamala Harris are suing Trump for committing fraud with Trump University. They will shut him down if he tries to reopen it.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan finally endorsed Trump today despite the Trump University fiasco and this brings me to my final point. How can any Republican politician endorse Trump. He has dropped the mask with his overtly racist comments about United States District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who happens to have a Hispanic name, but was born and raised in Indiana. The Trump University case was assigned to him and the Donald hates him because he is doing his job.

As the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, Trump is now the face of the party. That means the Republican Party now stands for racism, xenophobia, misogyny and hatred and conspiracy thinking. There is no way to separate Trump from his avid supporters. They are the Republican party.

If I were a Republican serving in the House or Senate, I would hold a press conference and announce that I was resigning from the Republican Party. It is, after all, the party of Abraham Lincoln. It’s the ethical thing to do.

Saying that you are going to vote for Trump because you can’t vote for Hillary is a cop out because it’s still a vote for Trump, who may well be the most vile, disgusting and least qualified human being to ever run for president.

9 Responses to Trump’s defense of Trump University fails the straight-face test

  1. gblock says:

    Even apart from the fact of being a major insult to Judge Curiel, Trump’s attempts to have him removed from the case are very bad for him politically. He’s been trying to convince people that most Mexican-Americans actually like him, but his arguments that Judge Curiel, because of his ethnic background, would be assumed to be prejudiced against him sends a clear message that he know that, in fact, most Mexican-Americans don’t like him.

  2. I really do think Trump supporters know their candidate is a scam artist. They imagine themselves to be his accomplices.

  3. Disappointed says:

    I have always voted for who I thought would do the best job. Sometimes R sometimes D. I can honestly say I will not vote R until they clean house. I mean really clean house. Anyone who has come out in support of Trump has to be out of politics/retired/fired. I read he scammed single parents all the way to the elderly. That imo is the worst kind of human.

    • Republicans who have endorsed Trump have a serious problem because they endorsed him after they discovered and the voters knew that he hates Mexicans, Latinos, Blacks, Muslims, women and the media. Now they also know that he gets most of his news from conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. That means he’s clueless. Add to that the overwhelming evidence that he he does not understand the separation of powers doctrine, the Supremacy Clause, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and how our three branches of government are supposed to function. He appears to believe that he can issue any order that comes to mind, much like a king might do or a CEO of a major corporation.

      He’s also a con man.

      By endorsing him, they implicitly acknowledge that they support his extremist views. When the Republican Party chooses him as its candidate for president, it too supports those unacceptable views.

      So much for the party of Abraham Lincoln.

      Republicans are outliers.

      • gblock says:

        That’s why I’ve never bought the claim that succeeding as a CEO of a large corporation means that someone has the skills to be a good governor or president. A CEO doesn’t have to get everything done by getting a bunch of people, who each have their own point of view and constituency, to vote for it. That means that it requires very different strengths when it comes to dealing with people.

        My impression is that Paul Ryan thinks that if Trump is president, he will be able to formulate a Republican legislative agenda and pass much of it.

        • girlp says:

          Business people tend to be one trick pony’s (not all but most), so looking at the aggregate is difficult for them they don’t understand that the way they ran a company is now how Government works, so you have Snyder decided that each county will bear the burden of their tax revenue and that they can’t afford clean water, safe school building, paved roads and take that all away from them because they don’t pay enough in taxes or any taxes and the wealthier counties should not have to pay for people who don’t have and the surplus goes to the rich because they earned it by being lucky enough to be rich. These Republican/Tea Party types believe they should be able to tinkle down little dribbles as they see fit if they want to and have no obligation to the poor.

  4. Rachael says:

    He just comes across like a spoiled 6th grader with his name-calling and BS. In this case (and if you have had kids, you’ve probably heard it a time or two) it is like a kid who is getting a failing grade because he doesn’t do his homework, participate in class, does not pay attention and is disruptive. But of course that’s no really it, you know, It is the teacher doesn’t like him 😉 In this case it is a judge, not a teacher but OMG, didn’t his mama teach him about personal responsibility? Or manners? Or ANYTHING human? Oh – mama issues – maybe have anything to do with his misogyny?

    How did it even COME to this? I mean, it is obvious to any and everyone that he has a personality disorder, even if you don’t work with mentally ill people and do not know what a personality disorder is. But I can understand that, though I CERTAINLY do not want it for president of my country. What I can’t understand though are the people who can’t see it and support him. How sad is it that…oh, never mind. My head starts to hurt.

    • Two sides to a story says:


    • gblock says:

      Several months ago, I saw a comic (I think it was Doonesbury, but I’m not positive) that depicted Trump as a middle school bully, sitting in the lunchroom badmouthing all the other kids. It was funny because it was so apropos.

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