Monday, August 26, 2013

Short-Fingered Vulgarian Reach Much Longer Than Thought

Apparently, Donald Trump’s fortunes have sunk to new lows. Rather than scam tens of millions from institutional investors and banks who lined up to fund his Atlantic City casinos…and let’s face facts: if you can’t make it in the casino industry, you’re a failure. It’s like failing in the illegal drug trade, it’s unpossible…and then file bankruptcy, Trump has been forced to resort to selling to us peons.

You know, things like his ill-fated airline, and his noxious cologne, and his line of “premium” chocolates.

I’m told they make terrific emetics, but I digress…

It seems that Trump was not content with the nickel-and-dime grifting he was engaged in and has allegedly decided to go with the long con, if you believe New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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.

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.

"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."

A bit of prima facie evidence that there may be more to this charge than – oh, hell, who am I kidding? We all know it’s true! – but one sign that Trump is worried is the reaction he had, both in real life and on the web and on Twitter.

“98% approval rating” – another tactic of the fraudulent, so maybe Trump ought to back away from it, is to make up shit wholesale – is probably based on surveys by people who completed the “University” and hadn’t realized yet how badly they had been ripped off: e.g. the really dumb and ignorant, otherwise known as Teabaggers.

I presume the next step for Trump is to roll drunks for their wallets, and mug kids for their milk money.