Donald Trump had a huge win on Super Tuesday, with victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, solidifying his position as the current favorite to win the Republican nomination. However, he did experience one small setback: a $40 million lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman against Trump University, reports Karen Freifeld of the Huffington Post.
Trump University, a for-profit organization that promised to teach its 10,000 students The Donald’s real estate investment strategies, has been in the news recently, as Trump’s opponents work hard to take him down. This rip-off of an education program set some people back up to $35,000. According to his office, Schneiderman is seeking $40 million in restitution plus penalties and other costs.
After the ruling Tuesday, the case is now closer to a potential trial. Because the claim does not require proof of intent to defraud, writes Freifeld, it will be easier for Trump University to be held liable. Of the decision to allow the court to proceed, Schneiderman, who referred to the situation as a “classic bait and switch scheme,” said:
‘Today’s decision is a clear victory in our effort to hold Donald Trump and Trump University accountable for defrauding thousands of students.’
The Trump Organization’s general counsel, Alan Garten, said in response to the suit against the “university”:
‘We think all these claims are without merit and baseless. Ninety-eight percent of those who participated in the programs filled out written surveys giving the programs the highest grades.’
It is truly disheartening that, in a country where millions of students are swimming in student loan debt, that there are some who not only owe thousands of dollars for their education, but really have nothing to show for the money they spent. Marco Rubio, who has recently made Trump University a primary talking point, said about the students to whom Garten is referring, “Some graduated, some didn’t, but in the end the only thing you got was a piece of paper that was worthless and a picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump.”
“That’s a fraud case and it is outrageous,” Rubio said. “… What he did to those people is what he is doing to Americans now.”
Rubio is not right about much, but this particular point can’t be disputed. Trump has swindled thousands of Americans with the promise of success and wealth. Hopefully, justice will be served, and he will pay the $40 million price.
Watch CNN interview Alan Garten about the case below, courtesy of CNN via YouTube.