Donald Trump and his surrogates have tried to deflect scrutiny and criticism of Trump University by citing imaginary statistics about the Clinton Foundation. I’m not sure that’s a comparison he wants to draw, because he’s going to lose big time.
A perfect example of Donald’s foolish strategy was exemplified on a recent CNN panel discussion, during which his surrogate Gina Louden tried to deflect away from the allegations that Trump University was a giant scam by attacking the Clinton Foundation:
[Video via Raw Story.]
Louden’s absurd claim that “the Clinton Foundation hangs onto more than 80 percent of the money that is raised” is fact-checked by CNN’s Carol Costello, who easily finds it to be false: “The bulk of the Clinton Foundation’s charitable work is actually performed in house. And last year, one independent watchdog did an analysis of the foundation’s funding and found that 89 percent of its funding went to charity, earning it an ‘A’ rating.”
By contrast, Trump University was a for-profit institution accused of bilking people out of their money by fraudulent claims—and Donald lined his pockets: “The records indicate, for example, that Trump University collected approximately $40 million from its students–who included veterans, retired police officers and teachers–and that Trump personally received approximately $5 million of it, despite his claim, repeated in our interview, that he started Trump University as a charitable venture.”
So, to sum: Donald said he started Trump University for charity, but instead walked away with $5 million, and is now being sued by unhappy students alleging they were defrauded. The Clinton Foundation, on the other hand, is an international charity with an A rating that has saved and improved millions of lives.
If Donald really wants to take Trump University toe-to-toe with the Clinton Foundation, good luck to him. I’m sure he’ll have just as much luck as he will going toe-to-toe with Hillary.
“Trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable Americans, encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures, all while making promises they knew were false from the beginning. This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud. He’s trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump U.”
Yep. That about sums it up.