Ben Swann Reality Check: The Truth About Trump University — Was it a Scam?

Ben Swann Reality Check: The Truth About Trump University — Was it a Scam?

Swann has been fair to Trump, defended him when he was truthful and exposed him when he has not been.

The video is on the link at bottom.


By Ben Swann:  A lot of questions have been asked about Donald Trump. And while the Republican establishment is looking for any way to stop him, something from his past has been raised without much real media attention, something called Trump University.

What was that? And was it really a huge scam?

This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.

“People borrowed money and they signed up for this fake university,” Sen. Marco Rubio said. “These people owe all of this money and they got nothing in return for it but you you were willing to say what ever you had to say to get them to give you their money.”

Trump University registered as a private company in New York in October 2004. It was largely shut down by 2011. But the truth is, it was never a university.

Shortly after being created, the New York State Education Department warned that Trump University was in violation of state law for operating without a NYSED license.

Trump ignored the warnings, but later the name was changed to the “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”

So how did Trump University work? According to the New York lawsuit which represents over 5,000 plaintiffs alone, plaintiffs in the case say they were scammed out of anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000 per person. So how were they allegedly scammed?

Check out the ad for Trump University starring “the Donald” himself: “These are all people that are handpicked from me. You’re just not going to make it in terms of success” (unless you pay a lot of money to me, Trump).

And that’s what the ex-students say was not delivered. Despite what was said there by Trump himself that students would be “mentored” by “handpicked” real estate experts, who would use Trump’s own real estate strategies, that didn’t happen.

According to the New York complaint, none of the instructors were “handpicked” by Trump. Trump “‘never’ reviewed any of the program materials.”

In fact, those materials were “in large part developed by a third-party company that creates and develops materials for an array of motivational speakers and seminar and timeshare rental companies.”


An amazing 32% asked for and received refunds because the “students” were so disappointed  with the poor instruction, and now thousands of them are suing Trump for fraud.

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