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.