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Monday, August 26, 2013

Donald Trump Sued by New York State!

Donald Trump
Donald Trump speaks in Ames, Iowa on
 August 10, 2013. (Justin Hayworth/AP)

Donald Trump has finally run up against legal action with allegations that will surely result in at least an "out-of-court" settlement.  The New York State Attorney General literally has "The Donald" by his 'blond mop." 

Reuters and all media are reporting on the legal action. Do you want to see exactly where "The Donald" will lose the case and settled out of court?

Reuters: "Donald Trump investment school sued by NY attorney general"

"....his for-profit investment school, accusing them of engaging in illegal business practices."
"The attorney general said from 2005 to 2011, the Trump school operated without an educational license while misleading consumers into paying for courses promising to teach Trump's real estate investment techniques."
It certainly appears, "The Donald" has grifted his way into a "pickle."   Do you recall this guy?






  • P. T. Barnum
    Businessman

    Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus



  •  "There's a sucker born every minute
    (A putative quote attributed to Barnum, but actually spoken by another: Linked)

    Now for a  brief "deck" from the Reuters piece. 

    Billionaire Donald Trump arrives at the Miss USA 2004 competition at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California April 12, 2004. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
    Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:41pm EDT
    (Reuters) - New York state's attorney general said on Sunday he has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Donald Trump and his for-profit investment school, accusing them of engaging in illegal business practices. 

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that the real estate mogul, a former executive and the Trump Entrepreneur Institute - called Trump University until 2010 - made false claims about classes at the school, including that Trump handpicked instructors. 

    "No one, no matter how rich or popular they are, has a right to scam hard-working New Yorkers," Schneiderman said in a statement. 

    The attorney general said from 2005 to 2011, the Trump school operated without an educational license while misleading consumers into paying for courses promising to teach Trump's real estate investment techniques. 

    More than 5,000 people nationally took the courses, paying $40 million, Schneiderman said.

    How did the enterprise work?  The Daily Beast provides a more detailed and compelling look at the work of a grifter. The Daily Beast piece is a must read.

    Comments from the Attorney General, MSNBC, Politics Nation




    If you can stomach listening to a complete grifter and charlatan for the better part of 7:00 minutes, give this one a whirl.  Also notice the very strong implied threats towards the end of the segment. 
    Donald Trump exemplifies what I consider typical conservative and GOP principles. His penchant for constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth is unsurpassed in American Society. 

    Does the scheme sound like a time share pitch? 

    How about the free cruise pitch for attending a high price travel plan presentation (Photoshopped cruise ship images and cruise line name)? If you do not buy the plan the attendee is supposed to receive a voucher for a free cruise. The free cruise is not even close to "free." First, there is a small fee for processing the voucher. There are additional fees that move into the hundreds of dollars by the time the voucher recipient is ready to settle-up with payment. And delays in time are critical to the scheme.  My knowledge of the process comes from two personal visits to the "free cruise" time-share like presentations.

    If proven to be accurate as accused, I do not find Trumps "alleged" scheme any different. 

    Did I receive a cruise, or did I buy a cruise?  No I pulled away from the scheme before paying any money.  There are web pages that delineate the process. 

    Have you noticed that I have avoided any mention of Trump's claims that a meeting between the New York State Attorney and the President of The United States was a prelude to the law suit?  I think "The Donald" is not only delusional, he also deploys a common tactic from the conservatives: deflect to attract attention to their being caught with their hands in the cookie jar. 

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