Trump U Lawsuits Not The Last For Trump White House

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Donald Trump settling the Trump University fraud suits for $25 million this afternoon:

“Donald Trump said he doesn’t believe in settling cases “when [he’s] right.” Trump’s not “right” in the Trump University fraud suits and now, he’s paying for it. But this will not be the only legal battle we see during Trump’s presidency — he’s still involved in at least 75 other suits. It will likely not be the last conflict of interest for the Trump White House. American Bridge will continue to hold Trump accountable to make sure he isn’t using the presidency for his own gain.”

Background:

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2005: Trump Opened Trump University, A For-Profit Organization Offering Courses, Consulting Services, And Seminars

May 2005: Trump Announced Plans For Trump University, A ‘For-Profit University, Which Will Consist Of Online Courses, CD-ROMs, Consulting Services And Learning Annex-Type Seminars.‘ According to The Wall Street Journal, […]

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Trump U Shows Exactly Who Donald Trump Is: A Con Man

From Donald Trump’s overt racism and sexism to his shady business record, Trump is an uniquely disqualified candidate. His ties to Putin’s Kremlin and “legally dubious” efforts to avoid paying taxes for decades have received intense scrutiny this week, but his for-profit school Trump University is equally as disqualifying. With the start of the Trump U trials coming up with jury selection on November 28th, Trump’s sham school deserves another look.

Donald Trump will do just about anything to make a quick buck. His regular practice of stiffing small businesses, or more recently refusing to pay three-quarters of a million dollars to a pollster, is a disdainful tactic that is more fitting for a con-man than a presidential candidate. But that’s what Donald Trump is: a con-man. And his deceitful, sham of a college, Trump University is one of his worst cheats of all.

Trump and his team of “the […]

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Trump First: Trump’s Economic Policies Help Him, Hurt Us

In his speech this afternoon on trade and the economy, Donald Trump will certainly bemoan outsourcing that shifts “our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas.”

The hypocrisy is palpable.

Trump has outsourced much of his Trump-branded clothing and other products to countries like Mexico, China, and Bangladesh. Currently, Trump is seeking more guest workers for his his resorts; jobs that American workers are eager to do. Trump for weeks attacked Nabisco, Ford, Carrier, and other U.S.-based companies for outsourcing manufacturing. 

Then we learned what Trump was hiding: Trump was investing in and profiting off those same outsourcing firms, even as he criticized them for shipping jobs to Mexico. Trump is so unstable he can’t see–or refuses to recognize–that he’s engaging in the same acts he decries.

It’s baffling and dangerous hypocrisy from Trump. From running his Trump University racket to not paying his bills, Donald Trump’s built his wealth […]

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“Destruction Of Evidence”: Trump Org. Deleted Emails Sought In Lawsuit

Trump University and Trump Institute fraudster Donald Trump was accused of “destroying data and evidence” that pertained to a 2006 lawsuit.

It turns out that the Trump Organization “destroyed old computers and emails” on a “routine” basis, with “no records from 1996 to 2001,” according to a USA Today report on the lawsuit and related allegations that Trump destroyed evidence.

Unintentional or not, this episode fits into a larger pattern of Donald Trump’s willingness to muddle the truth and withhold information that voters have a right to know.

Every major party nominee since 1976 has released his or her tax returns — until now. Donald Trump, for some reason, continues to refuse. As the Washington Post’s Editorial Board put it this week, Trump’s unprecedented lack of openness is “evading transparency and eroding one of the country’s essential democratic norms.”

Voters deserve to know what kind of person they’re electing to the White House, […]

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Why Won’t Toomey Divest From For-Profit College?

Senator Pat Toomey has invested in and sat on the board of Yorktown University. The for-profit college is known for its “courses that railed against political correctness, feminism, egalitarianism and multiculturalism.” One of the courses even said single women were at risk of becoming lesbians. But it’s not just the school’s curriculum that are under scrutiny. For-profit colleges like Donald Trump’s scam, Trump U, burden their students with huge amounts of debt and “graduates find themselves… unable to land the kinds of jobs the schools promised.”

“Senator Toomey is a shill for the special interests of Trump U-style for-profit colleges that scam Americans who are trying to better themselves through education. He is working to make it easier for such companies to con people out of their money and into debt, co-sponsoring legislation that claims to provide academic freedom but really gets rid of regulations protecting consumers,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Senator […]

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Trump’s Business: Ruthlessly Exploiting Working Americans To Enrich Himself

Donald Trump has made his business career a cornerstone of his appeal to voters. Despite Trump’s bluster, scrutiny of his business practices reveal a malevolent man unconcerned with anything but lining his own pockets at the expense of working families, seniors, and anybody else he could try to con out of a buck.

Trump is a fraud who made his living preying on and defrauding unsuspecting customers, failing to pay employees and contractors, rooting for economic crises he could exploit for personal gain, and participating in a thinly disguised pyramid scheme. The list of Trump’s unethical business practices is truly astonishing:

Hundreds of former workers and contractors allege Trump didn’t pay his bills. Watch his victims speak out.

According to USA Today, Trump has been accused of failing to pay, “A dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of […]

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Trump Deleted Emails Sought As Evidence In Lawsuit

Donald Trump, notorious litigant and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, routinely deleted business-related email correspondences. This practice became problematic in 2006 when litigants in a suit brought by Trump claimed that the erasure of emails equated to destruction of evidence.

The Judge in the case, Jeffrey Streitfeld, was incredulous. Writing in court transcripts obtained by USA Today he noted:

He has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep emails. That’s a tough one. 

If somebody starts to put forth as a fact something that doesn’t make any sense to me and causes me to have a concern about their credibility in the discovery process, that’s not a good direction to go, and I am really having a hard time with this.

Trump’s company’s decision not to preserve electronic records adds to a growing list of Trump’s questionable business practices. From Trump U’s targeting of single parents […]

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Trump U Fraud Case Judge Curiel’s Home-State Governor Stands With Trump

Donald Trump has for months attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case. Trump’s attacks on Curiel have been overtly racist — with Trump calling Curiel, who was born in Indiana, “Spanish” and “a Mexican,” and insisting that Curiel’s “very proud” “Mexican heritage” precludes him from rendering fair judgement in Trump’s case.

As Speaker Paul Ryan characterized it, that’s “textbook” racism.

But even in Curiel’s home state of Indiana, Republican leaders — specifically, Governor Mike Pence — have stood by Trump, instead of condemning his racism and attacks on Curiel. Most shamefully, Governor Pence actually waited to endorse Trump until after Trump’s most repugnant and openly racist attacks on Curiel.

It’s clear that life-long con man Donald Trump is eager to draw attention away from Trump University scam — even if it means exposing himself as a racist. But that doesn’t mean it’s […]

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Trump Surrogate Still All-In On Judge Curiel’s “Mexican Heritage”

Appearing on CNN’s “At This Hour” earlier today, Trump Surrogate Carl Higbie stayed on message as he reiterated the Trump camp’s claim that Judge Curiel is unable to fairly preside over the Trump U lawsuit because of his parents’ place of birth.

Then things got weird.

Higbie claimed that Judge Curiel’s, “Mexican heritage is rooted in the fact that he supports illegal immigration.” When pressed on this absurd claim, Higbie conflated the National Council of La Raza, a group with which Curiel has no ties, with La Raza Lawyers of California, a professional lawyers association.

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“He’s A Mexican.” Trump Continues Racist Attacks On Judge In Trump U Fraud Case

In a new interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Donald Trump definitively exposes himself as a shameless racist. Trump continued his racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge born in Indiana, who Trump in the interview calls “a Mexican,” clearly intending it to be a pejorative. Jake Tapper repeatedly points out that Curiel is, in fact, an American citizen, but Trump continues to insist that Curiel’s “very proud” “Mexican heritage” somehow discounts his American citizenship.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Donald Trump’s interview with Jake Tapper:

“We knew Donald Trump was an anti-immigrant, misogynistic fraud and now we know with certainty that he’s an out and proud racist.”

Here’s what Trump said and how Tapper responded:

Trump: “He’s a Mexican.” Trump calls American-born Judge Gonzalo Curiel “a Mexican.” https://youtu.be/zkFzjBzoIto

Trump: “I think that’s why he’s doing it.” Trump claims Curiel’s “Mexican heritage” explains why he’s investigating Trump for running […]

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