WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 — Trump University is facing three lawsuits: two class-action suits filed in California and one filed in New York City. Several former managers of Trump University have testified against their former employer, calling the for-profit school a scam. They say the school relied on high-pressure sales tactics, exploited vulnerable students and recruited unqualified instructors.
Ronald Schnackenberg, the former sales manager for Trump University, said he believes the school was a fraudulent scheme and that “it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.” Similarly, Former Trump University student Richard Hewson told the National Review that he shelled out more than $21,490 for classes that were supposed to teach students how to flip homes for profit.
MSNBC pundits have called this “the weakest part of Trump’s bio.” While the Trump University lawsuits continue to bog down the Trump campaign, it still is uncertain whether they will hurt Trump’s campaign against Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee.
The ongoing scandal has already opened Trump up to fiery attacks from Hillary Clinton, who recently called Trump a fraud, claiming that the presumptive Republican nominee is scamming America like he scammed all those students at Trump University. However, the larger political question is whether this issue will ultimately persuade Republicans and the #NeverTrump supporters vote for Hillary.
Media buzz aside, however, when voters consider Hillary Clinton’s own scandalous baggage—including the Benghazi fiasco and cover up, the Clinton Foundation’s dubious shenanigans and fundraising sources and Hillary’s private, State Department-prohibited email servers—Clinton’s own candidacy could be at even greater risk than Trump’s. Recent remarks Trump has made on the campaign trail have not damaged his poll numbers, demonstrating that Clinton may need to find something stronger than Trump University to take him down in the Presidential election this November.
While Trump University is now considered a scam, most online colleges attempt to recruit students using a variety of equally controversial methods that are already under government review. Meanwhile, although the Trump University issue could hurt Trump short term, it doesn’t seem likely at this point that it will derail his campaign.
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