Have you ever heard of a snake oil salesman. They used to travel the west in their wagons and sell worthless elixirs to innocent, yet hopeful victims. These fast-talkers would pass off whatever they had in their bottles, everything from swamp water to boot polish, promise the world, then head out of town in the steel of the night.
Well, The Donald did those charlatans even one better. He build his steel of the night, Trump Towers, and now he's hiding behind that. What was the wild-haired bastard fleecing the public with this time? No, not another birther rumor. Not another savior of the republican party story.
He's now an educator. Yes he is. And when no established, licensed institution will have you, create your own. He created U of T.
No, not the real U of T, like in "hook 'em horns" University of Texas. Trump dreamed up, the University of Trump. Oh, it gets better. Nothing the Donald does is without some fanfare or controversy. He's rolled that into his latest newsworthy story, covered by Huffpo:
New York's attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.
Trump shot back that the Democrat's lawsuit is false and politically motivated.
Well, first, it's not the Democrat's lawsuit, it's the state of New York vs. Donald Trump. Corporations may be people, but states are made up of people, they themselves are not people. Now about this law suit. It alleges:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of "The Apprentice" TV star.
Wow, a picture with a student in front of a picture of the founder. If that's the case, I want a picture with my arm around the greatest sex symbol of all times, Marilyn Monroe which I can get for a buck in front of Grauman's Chinese theater. If I was better at Photoshop, I could even change the background and have Marilyn and me in bed together. Oh, that smarty, Mr. Apprentice. No wonder he's so rich. When people say he's everywhere, he literally is -- with his cardboard cutouts.
According to the official documents...
"Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers' advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm," Schneiderman said. "Trump University, with Donald Trump's knowledge and participation, relied on Trump's name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand."
I just can't believe that. America's Donald Trump, deceptive? Mr. Birther himself... No, tell me this is just a hack-job someone's doing on everyone's favorite bad hair day hero.
So what does the defendant in all of this have to say in his defense? Let's see:
"The attorney general has been angry because he felt that Mr. Trump and his various companies should have done much more for him in terms of fundraising," Cohen said. "This entire investigation is politically motivated and it is a tremendous waste of taxpayers' money."
Of course, it's political. I bet Donald Trump spent thousands supporting the opponent to the Attorney General in his election campaign. It's just a case of sour grapes by the A.G.
Nope. Not true. Trump actually backed this Democrat with a $12,500 campaign donation. The A.G. was actually Trumps preferred candidate. So is this a case of biting the hand that feeds you or is it the case of pursuing justice despite where it leads?
I hope these naive would-be moguls do get there money back. But rumor has it that the Donald is close, once again, to filing for corporate bankruptcy like he did in 1991. 1992. 2004. 2009. . He may try to fold this claim into that. I guess it goes to show you that all that glitters isn't Trump gold.