Lion of the Blogosphere

The Trump “University” scam

Comment from “Richard”:

I think Trump University is a much more serious problem than Trump’s taxes or conservative heterodoxy or whatever other piddling issue has been thrown against him. It’s easy to understand, it took advantage of the regular people whom Trump argues he’s best equipped to defend, it was kitschy and vulgar, and no one can defend it honestly as a worthy enterprise. (Trump’s bankruptcies can be dismissed as reasonable investments that just didn’t work out, since no one with his number of investments has a perfect batting average.)

Basically, it’s a validating symbol for every criticism ever made against Trump.

I agree with this.

The question, however, is why hasn’t this even come up until now? And even though it came up at the debate, it was just one of a half-dozen attacks that Rubio used against Trump.

I think the simple answer to the question is that the opposition is just plain stupid. They lack the intelligence of myself and the people who comment on my blog. As you know, the Republican Party’s top strategist, Karl Rove, didn’t even graduate from college.

Luckily, Hillary has a lot of worse scandals surrounding her, so this won’t prevent Trump from becoming the next president.

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Why would students say they were satisfied even though they were ripped off? The obvious psychological explanation is that it’s psychologically painful for people to admit that they were scammed. The consistency principle causes people to want to affirm that they made the right choice.

You know that you have a really good scam when the people who you scammed are satisfied victims.

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Peter from Long Island writes in a comment:

It’s easy to dismiss the victims as naive and/or greedy schmucks who deserved to lose their money. Having been trapped in the straight commission life insurance pyramid scam myself, I am more understanding. People who run scams are *extremely* persuasive. No matter how world-wise and sophisticated you may think you are, you’re no match for them.

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February 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

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  1. During the debate, Cruz said a lawsuit is going forward, and can you imagine the Republican nominee on the stand during the summer.

    If that’s true, why doesn’t Trump settle and get this whole thing done with? He can at least avoid testifying in court, and maybe get the people to say nice things if you pay them enough. Trump maybe should admit it was terrible, and blame someone who he trusted with his name.

    Hepp

    February 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    • Trump should have settled this a long time ago. It’s Trump’s personality to never admit error (which has worked very well in campaining) that’s going to hurt him on this.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      • He doesn’t have to admit wrong. Just like with Univision. He settled and claimed everything is fine and the thing is over. It’s better than having to testify under oath in the middle of a campaign for president.

        Hepp

        February 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      • Watching the Arkansas rally now, he’s saying he doesn’t like to settle, because once you settle lawsuits everyone starts suing you. Psychologically, he just can’t do it. So there’s our answer.

        Hepp

        February 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  2. If it was objectively a scam as you say, regardless of the psychological impressions of the students themselves, then the AG must have a slam dunk case.

    And yet the case appears very weak, possibly politically motivated, and 98% of the students endorsed the course and this is now suddenly Trump’s biggest vulnerability of his candidacy???

    Andrew E.

    February 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    • 98% of the students have not endorsed the course. This is a figure they made up out of thin air.

      All cases take a long time to prove. The only reason this is the biggest vulnerability is because GOPe is really really stupid.

      gothamette

      February 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      • “All cases take a long time to prove. The only reason this is the biggest vulnerability is because GOPe is really really stupid.”

        True, but I’ve no doubt they’ll get their act together in time for an October Surprise and sabotage their own candidate. Hillary doesn’t even need to campaign, just sit back and watch the GOP try to take out their own nominee.

        Mike Street Station

        February 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      • @Mike, Oh I guess you are right. For the alt-right, Trump is win/win. They want him to win the Presidency but even if he doesn’t, they are salivating over the fact that he is destroying the Republican party. I don’t get that. I can understand why they want to kill Conservatism, Inc., but why would they want to destroy the party? (Other than the fact that they are crazy and crazy people want crazy things.)

        gothamette

        February 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      • To ask the question is to answer it. Republican party IS con inc

        Jumpinjackfash

        February 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

      • @gothamette: Is it really the alt-right, or Trump for that matter, destroying the GOP? For anyone on the right (no matter how broadly you define that term) it would be a good thing to have a functioning right leaning party, but the GOP has selected policies that are wrecking the lives of their main group of voters, working class whites. Now in what world is that a good political strategy? For the Democrats, they support “more” for all of their fringe constituencies. So it’s easy for them to hold on to their constituencies of fruits and nuts because if they are patient, everyone gets paid. Plus they respect them, from gangbangers to Obamaphone ladies, they are all worshiped. For the Republicans? They are busy trying to destroy their largest constituencies. Plus as a bonus, they despise them and aren’t shy about saying so. If the Republican Party works overtime to make sure their candidate doesn’t win in November, don’t blame the alt right.

        Mike Street Station

        February 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

  3. The class’s legal claims are not so strong I think. Basically as I understand it, they are suing because Trump didn’t “hand pick” the course instructors. Well, he says and there is evidence that he did receive their resumes and play a part in hiring them. Now politically (as opposed to legally), sure, it’s bad because you have these poor pathetic plaintiffs with their sob stories, and their lawyers are gong to leverage all of the publicity this is going to get.

    Sagi Is My Guru

    February 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    • Charging for more for something than it’s worth is still a scam, but a legal one. Our capitalist system is based on it!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  4. Lion,
    I know that you’ve spoken about this before but couldn’t recall your assessment. What is your opinion of Rubio’s intelligence? I assume that he is pretty similar to GWB. High verbal intelligence but overall not too impressive. He doesn’t strike me as impressive at all (in many ways, very similar to Joe Biden). What say you?

    JerseyGuy

    February 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    • Rubio is a lot less intelligent than GWB (who went to Harvard Business School). Rubio and Biden are probably on the same intellectual level.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      • Wasn’t Bush rejected from the University of Texas Law School? For some reason, I doubt he got into Harvard on merit alone.

        Vince

        February 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      • Biden’s IQ is 140. What the hell are you talking about?

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      • Rubio is a lot less intelligent than GWB

        GWB was a lazy, spoiled, privileged kid who loved to drink. His genetic IQ was not low. But you have to work at it. GWB obviously could give a damn.

        Rubio is a dope and the son of dumb people.

        Rifleman

        February 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  5. I think you over estimate your education.

    Every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later. . . . Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property and mind in its clutches from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey. A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state. The God of the Machine by Isabel Paterson (1943)

    thanks to carpe diem

    cesqy

    February 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  6. One does get the impression that Trump thinks he’s the genius and everyone else is stupid, and ripping off stupid people, as he did with his “university,” is how a smart person proves his mettle. The stupid people — the losers — get what’s coming to them. There’s a story that Trump relentlessly taunted and humiliated his loser brother who couldn’t rise above the meager occupation of airline pilot — Trump called him a glorified bus driver. It’s perhaps a minor character flaw in our otherwise sterling hero.

    Mark Caplan

    February 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    • That’s what Walter Waldhuser aka Mike Davis told me once at a party when I asked him why he quit is pilot job to go to law school. He said that being a pilot was a glorified bus driver.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      • Unless you’re a pilot for a major carrier, pilots don’t make that much money. Pilots at major carriers do, and they don’t quit to go to law school. Even if his description was accurate (and it’s not), normal people are quite happy to be a “glorified bus driver” for that kind of money/schedule/benefits. I’d take his claim with a sizeable block of salt.

        J1

        February 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      • You didn’t bother to click on the link, he wasn’t really a pilot, he spend the previous 10 years in prison for murder.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      • Actually I did. Sadly, there’s nothing in there that would preclude him having been a pilot for a commuter in the 70s. As for the 80s, people neglect to mention details about their life all the time.

        J1

        February 27, 2016 at 11:46 pm

  7. Not all of them are satisfied, yes, the oppo really is stupid (and isolated in the back of a never ending swag party), and even if Hillary is toxic, that won’t stop a PAC from slamming Trump with this. JMO.

    gothamette

    February 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  8. I know that linking to NRO here is about as popular as linking to Stormfront (well….) but please read this with an open mind, and at least click on some of the links:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432010/trump-university-scam

    The part about Trump threatening to sue one of the plaintiffs personally. This is an obvious attempt to bully someone of lesser means. He can afford to spend millions on lawyers, she can’t.

    gothamette

    February 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    • I guess that got lost in all the other stuff at NRO about Trump being a “racist” and not being a “real conservative.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      • Pilots get girls. Especially hot stewardesses.

        Fire Dog

        February 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    • …but please read this with an open mind, and at least click on some of the links:

      No.

      Trump sometimes is just……………..ugh. Is he as smart as he claims? No. As good at business as he claims? No.

      Does he have some lousy advisers? Yes. From this Trump “university” garbage to thinking he could compete with 2!!! NFL teams in NYC with the USFL to the dopey Trump shuttle plane idea to so many others.

      His lack of intellectual preparation on issues. So much.

      He IS!! a con artist to a degree. What politicians aren’t? Obama is a con artist way beyond Trump.

      But without Trump there is………….ZERO. Zilch.

      Again in a nation of 300+ million.

      Rifleman

      February 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      • “…but please read this with an open mind, and at least click on some of the links:

        No.”

        OK, in other words, my fingers are stuck in my ears and I’m singing really really loudly. Like a three year old being told to take medicine by Daddy.

        From the same guy who steadfastly denies the pathological anti-Semitism of the alt-right.

        gothamette

        February 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  9. The question, however, is why hasn’t this even come up until now? And even though it came up at the debate, it was just one of a half-dozen attacks that Rubio used against Trump.

    Call me crazy, but I’m predicting that Democrats won’t see Trump University as something worthy of criticism. For them, anything called “university” + big money spent = good !!. They’re “magic dirt gap closers” who don’t understand education, HBD or student quality at all, they equate “good” education with adding as many programs, schools and universities as possible as long as someone else (gubmint) is spending $$ more, more, more.

    And Democrats loooove the very politically connected $30 billion for-profit schools industry, which is at least as scammy and underhanded as Trump university. (and Trump U was not accredited so no Pell Grants of subsidized loans awarded) For-profit schools have something like 10% of post secondary students in the USA but account for something like 60% of bad loans, and those defaultees are disproportionately NAM and/or low income students. A small amount of Rebubs (including Rubio) but a ton of influential Dems (like John Breaux, Dick Geghardt and Nancy Pelosi) have become their lobbyists or personally championed legislative policy in their favor.

    I’m predicting that Democrats won’t run with this at all. Not only are Dems wrong-headed enough to still think that some magic spending formulas and government activism can bring up black test scores, but they don’t want any additional scrutiny being brought against government higher ed policy and spending during this election.

    Camlost

    February 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • Agreed. I have a recent comment lost somewhere on this site, with the conclusion that going hard on this topic opens the door for questioning a lot about the university system. It’s all built on de facto requiring a degree to get a decent job, whereon the rest of the dysfunction follows: sky rocketing fees, enormous student loans, credentialism rather than education, and pulling in less and less suitable students.

      Trump should be ready to blow open that door if so required.

      Glengarry

      February 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    • Of course they’ll run with it. Hillary Clinton has already condemned for-profit colleges, even though she’s got her own problems on that score.

      “Former President Bill Clinton collected more than $16 million from 2010 to 2014 as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit company that runs 80 education institutions around the globe, according to recently released tax returns. Four of its six U.S. colleges were flagged on the Education Department’s list of schools whose access to federal financial aid was being monitored out of concern over financial irresponsibility.”

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/10/hillary-clinton-cracks-down-on-for-profit-colleges/?page=all

      For-profit colleges are unpopular with crucial Democratic Party interest groups like public university faculties and admins, who resent the competition, and who also rightfully see them as scams (not that normal universities aren’t exploiting college students either). One reason for-profits have hired so many Democratic lobbyists is undoubtedly because they know they have a weakness with that group they need to repair; cheap date Republicans already like them because of ideology (privatization!) and because they think it’s nut-kicking a bunch of ivory tower liberals.

      Richard

      February 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      • The university of phoenix alone has debts associated with of $36 billion.

        map

        February 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    • The SWPLs I know are consistent in being opposed to for-profit universities. The NAMs probably love them, though.

      Hugh White

      February 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  10. It’s easy to dismiss the victims as naive and/or greedy schmucks who deserved to lose their money. Having been trapped in the straight commission life insurance pyramid scam myself, I am more understanding. People who run scams are *extremely* persuasive. No matter how world-wise and sophisticated you may think you are, you’re no match for them.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    February 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  11. When I read the description of Trump U, I’m reminded of the classic “Kamp Krusty” episode of the Simpsons. In the episode, the campers were constantly promised that Krusty the Klown would come, but instead it was a scam and the only employees were the weasel administrator and bully camp counselors.

    In fact, if it hadn’t predated Trump U by a decade or more, I would think it was satirizing it explicitly.

    Wency

    February 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  12. We can legitimately criticize Trump for this (and much else) but compared to actively working to undermine our civilization with endless immigration, this is minor league stuff.

    So far, Trump hasn’t put much effort into countering attacks because he hasn’t needed to. If the fire gets turned up on this particular issue, though, he can use it as an excuse to go after the higher education establishment that pumps out deeply indebted graduates by the millions.

    SQ

    February 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    • “My University is a scam? You have kids graduating from regular colleges today with $50,000-100,000 in loans who can’t find jobs with the degrees they get. How many educated Starbucks baristas are there? Do you even need a college degree to work at Starbucks? Why is a university allowed to even sell a degree in “communications” for exorbitant amounts of money? Maybe these student loans should be dischargeable in bankruptcy, give these kids a fresh start so they have a real stake in the future.”

      That sounds like a reeeeaaaaalllllly nice stump speech, I tells ya.

      That’s the problem with criticizing Trump for his labor practices or his university. He can easily propose policies that negate these scams.

      map

      February 28, 2016 at 9:27 am

  13. What I find interesting is this idea of two different Trumps.

    Trump number one is the Trump of the 1980s, the hyper-successful real estate tycoon. The one who wrote “The Art of the Deal” and became a symbol of Reagan-era prosperity. This is the Trump he wants you to remember.

    Trump number two is the Trump of the 2000s, an increasingly cheesy, tiresome celebrity who attempts to milk his legacy for all its worth. This is the Trump of “Celebrity Apprentice” and Trump Steaks and Trump University and all the rest of it. A guy who is no longer nearly as rich or powerful as he once was, and is instead someone akin to Mr. T or Elvira Mistress of the Night or some other kind of pathetic washed-up has-been. This is the Trump he wants you to forget.

    Trump University is a big problem because it’s an awkward reminder of who the man actually is, and what his “business” has actually been for much of the last two decades. It’s a loose thread in his flattering self-narrative he doesn’t want anyone to start pulling.

    J.J.

    February 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    • Whatever happened to Mr. T.? Does he still act?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    • Interesting but a bit of a stretch.

      Trump Las Vegas opened in 2008 and is a highly regarded top of the line Hotel/condo.

      Trump has also purchased and developed elite golf courses around the world in recent years.

      His high end properties and assets haven’t gone away, he’s grown them.

      But he is a rich prole in many ways so he does rich prolly things. He’s friendly with Al Sharpton and has been on the Howard Stern show talking about sexual issues. He’s never been the most aloof, classy guy.

      Rifleman

      February 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      • Mitt Romney would never talk to Howard Stern about which women are the hottest. But the proles rejected Mitt Romney.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      • Trump hotels and clubs and whatnot continue to be opened, yes, but these are often little more than branding exercises themselves. Trump Corp. buys and rebrands some existing building and turns it into into a swanky “Trump Tower,” which people then want to visit because they associate the Trump name with a certain sort of classiness — the same reason they want Trump vodka or a Trump steak. It’s quite a bit different from the genuine real estate “development” he did in the 1980s, which was more about buying land and constructing buildings from scratch.

        The New York Times had a good piece the other day talking about how no one in contemporary New York real estate considers him much of a player in the realm anymore.

        J.J.

        February 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      • ‘But the proles rejected Mitt Romney.’

        Romney is a flip-flopper who never never stood for anything. He had no character. He was an abomination. He was a Mormon who subscribed to the belief that American Indians were the ten lost tribes if Israel. Enough said. Totally unfit for the office.

        Yakov

        February 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    • There were never “two” Trumps. He was always viewed as somewhat vulgar, even back in the 1980’s. And the 80’s themselves were somewhat vulgar. You mention Mr. T, but consider:

      To answer Lion’s question, Mr. T became a born-again Christian and doesn’t wear his gold anymore. He comes on the Howard Stern every couple years or so to promote whatever he’s got going on which in recent years has mostly been pitch man or spokesman for products or niche TV shows.

      PerezHBD

      February 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    • “A guy who is no longer nearly as rich or powerful as he once was,”

      I’ve wondered about that myself. A few bad deals and you can really lose money. As for the Trump Las Vegas, this is all done with other people’s money and is in no way an indication of his true net worth.

      gothamette

      February 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • That’s a good description of Trump. And the fact that he went bankrupt as soon as the 80s were over emphasizes your point. He went bankrupt in the early 90s and sort of disappeared during the 90s until The Apprentice in the 2000s. He never really fully recovered from his position in the 80s. He hasn’t really updated his style and since his return with The Apprentice, he’s been more playing the everyman’s idea of a billionaire.

      Tom

      February 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      • Guys, Trump wrote a book in the late 90’s called The Art of the Comeback detailing how he brought back his empire to an even larger place than it was in the 80’s. This was years before The Apprentice and WWE and the Trump branding that would come later.

        Andrew E.

        February 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      • Spy Magazine in the 1980s called Trump a “short fingered vulgarian”. I’m surprised no one has used this. Their takedowns of Trump were hilarious.

        The 1980s version of Trump was considered to be something of a joke at the time, just a successful one. He just got cheesier and cheesier as time went on, then got a second act of sorts in the late 00s. I remember the 1980s well enough to consider the Trump presidential campaign to be something of a joke, though I agree with many of the positions he has taken.

        The other commentator had a good point that the 80s on the whole were a ridiculously vulgar decade. People thought so even at the time. Even factoring in Bill Clinton, the 90s turned out to be classier.

        Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism blogged a few months ago that the Trump presidential campaign was a self promotion exercise that just got way out of hand.

        Ed

        February 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      • “Guys, Trump wrote a book in the late 90’s called The Art of the Comeback detailing how he brought back his empire to an even larger place than it was in the 80’s. This was years before The Apprentice and WWE and the Trump branding that would come later.”

        There is no independent verification that he brought back his “empire” in such fashion, other than that he said so in a cheesy book. None. Same goes with the 98% satisfaction figure. 98% of those he paid to be on that website. That’s not an accurate statistic.

        gothamette

        February 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  14. I’m wondering what the actual curriculum consisted of. If it consisted of legitimate tried and true real estate strategies, then the course itself is legitimate. Trump cannot guarantee that those who took the course will actually be successful at real estate. All his course can realistically claim is that the methods taught in the course have earned people a lot of money, with the usual disclaimer that it doesn’t guarantee that everyone will make a lot of money. And we are talking about a period of time when the real estate market crashed. A lot of people lost money in real estate.

    Anybody that goes into a speculative venture thinking they are guaranteed to make money is a fool. I don’t know the specifics of the case, but to me it comes down to whether or not the courses offered legitimate real estate strategies or not. It may have been a con, and it may be just sour grapes on the part of the buyers that happened to take the courses at the time of the real estate crash. We shall see.

    johnhd1

    February 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm

  15. Admitting that they were scammed makes any certificate or credential they got worthless. If you’re in a smaller city then being a ‘Trump trained’ real estate developer could still be worth something.

    Thagomizer

    February 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  16. This kind of thing could come back to haunt Trump. We’re a long way from November, and the coming months of intense scrutiny may not be kind to The Donald. People say he’s scandal-proof because he’s been followed by the tabloids for decades, and that’s probably true in some sense- he’s not going to hit by a bombshell of the “dead girl or live boy” variety. But the drip, drip of minor stories could turn off some of his potential voters.
     
    Take me, for example. If you’d asked me who Trump was before he announced his candidacy, I’d probably have remembered: famous real estate guy with bad taste who puts his name on everything, had a TV show that I didn’t watch, “you’re fired”, something about Obama’s birth certificate, and….that’s it. I don’t know if I’d have recognized him if he’d walked by me on Fifth Avenue.
     
    I don’t know how typical I was in that respect, but there’s no question that average Americans are learning a whole lot more about Trump than they knew before June. When he came out of the gate blasting illegal immigration and trade I was stoked, and I jumped on the bandwagon right then and there. And what a ride it was- for a while. But over time the negative tidbits started piling up.
     
    First you find out that he’s on wife number three, and then there’s his quote about sleeping with other guys’ wives. And the time he supposedly assaulted Ivanka- they deny it now but who knows. And that he’s owned strip clubs- not that casinos aren’t dirty enough. Trump University was a total scam…and I suspect the list will go on.
     
    Immigration is important enough that I’d still vote for him the general election, although I may take a pass in the primary. But the fact is that he’s kind of a scumbag. You can only deny it for so long. And I bet that a lot of voters won’t be able to stomach him after a while.

    Anon

    February 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    • Trump obviously lacks Romney’s good taste and subdued manner and humble approach to being wealthy. But alas, the proles rejected Romney. And Trump is ten times stronger on immigration.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    • You list some much more substantive criticisms of Trump here than this stuff about Trump University where virtually all the customers endorsed the product. And only a small handful decided to take up the offer from an ambulance chaser to try and sue a billionaire because they didn’t get rich from the course and didn’t think to exercise their three-day money back guarantee. Trump’s not treating these people like losers, he’s treating them like grown up, responsible people capable of making decisions for themselves.

      Andrew E.

      February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    • The thing is that in the general election, he will be probably facing someone who is credibly accused to essentially trading state secrets for cash, which is much worse than any of the above. And if she is replaced, Biden is almost as corrupt, and everything Bloomberg stands for winds up translating to lower living standards and personal freedom for working class and middle class Americans.

      Unfortunately the vulgar populist not only beating the established corrupt pols, but probably also really being the better option, is characteristic of really backwards states and countries.

      Ed

      February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    • Google Marla Maples and “ski slope.”

      gothamette

      February 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm

  17. Trump Las Vegas opened in 2008 and is a highly regarded top of the line Hotel/condo.

    It looks absolutely breaktaking from the outside but I’ve never felt compelled to stay there even though I go to Vegas 3-4 times a year. It’s in a slightly inconvenient off-strip location, has prices that are in the same range as the better-placed Wynn and Aria, and (strangely) doesn’t have any on-premises gaming of its own.

    Camlost

    February 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    • No gaming and no smoking. But pets welcome.

      Pretty fancy inside as well.

      Gold/bronze and white is special in desert lighting.

      Rifleman

      February 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  18. “First you find out that he’s on wife number three, and then there’s his quote about sleeping with other guys’ wives. And the time he supposedly assaulted Ivanka- they deny it now but who knows. And that he’s owned strip clubs- not that casinos aren’t dirty enough. Trump University was a total scam…and I suspect the list will go on.”

    Not much in common with Hitler. 🙂

    curri

    February 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  19. That ‘University’ is surely a scam. They offer online and correspondence HVAC training too. Lol!

    Now a friend of mine, obviously a smart Jewish guy, did a BA and an MA in social work or psychology, I’m nor sure at the moment, by correspondence. He has a thriving private practice and is raking it in. To make a $1000 a day is no problem for him. He has natural talent, though, and just needed the papers to be legit. All he does is listens to people’s problems and gives them common sense advice, which has he has plenty off. Lol!

    Now Trump can be accused of sodomizing a dog in Times Square and still win because we don’t care about the dog, we care about the wall.

    Yakov

    February 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    • All these people voting for Trump solely to see that wall built are going to be mighty frustrated if it doesn’t get built – especially if it doesn’t get built because President Trump decides to give up on the idea as soon as the establishment starts a serious resistance to it. What will happen when these voters realize Trump just used the issue to gain power for himself?

      Maryk

      February 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      • The wall is his main signature platform, of course he will get it done. He wants history to remember him as the great president who built the wall and made America great again.

        It’s also just a big construction project, something Trump has some real-world experience with.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      • @MaryK

        The wall is the symbol of what Trump stands for. It’s true that just building the wall is good enough, but Trump will do much, much more while entertaining us. I’m looking forward to America stopping it’s bullying of Russia, for example. Trump is gonna stop this idiocy.

        Yakov

        February 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      • “What will happen when these voters realize Trump just used the issue to gain power for himself?”

        Then we won’t be any worse off. Rubio and Hillary are going to deliver amnesty for multiple millions. Even if the wall is never built, we probably won’t get amnesty under a Trump administration.

        Mike Street Station

        February 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

  20. “What will happen when these voters realize Trump just used the issue to gain power for himself?”

    He’ll get torn to shreds.

    More interesting to me is whether he has the guts to stand up to China. I don’t think he does.

    As far as this bullying of Russia goes – gimme a break, Yakov. The US is bankrupt, a paper tiger. How has it actually bullied Russia, beyond empty words?

    gothamette

    February 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

    • Sanctions was the US idea. Funding subversive NGO is US doing.

      Yakov

      February 28, 2016 at 12:14 am

    • Actually, here is Putin explaing

      Yakov

      February 28, 2016 at 12:33 am

  21. These cuckservatives are grasping at straws. What blew up Trump University was the Real Estate bubble. Blaming Trump for that is the final gasp of a dying party. These country club pansies want to sell America down the Rio Grande for a quick buck. If they do, they are gone forever. The GOP is done and will never win another election again. They don’t care about this Party, they just care about the donor money. They are talentless lazy stupid leeches with fake degrees who stupidly believe they can keep screwing Americans and make money. They’re sadly mistaken. Americans have gunned up, and Trump is the only thing between them and a Second Civil War.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm


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