David Remnick, Amy Davidson, Kelefa Sanneh, and Nate Silver discuss the problem of Trumpism. The newly released documents, which included actual Trump University playbooks (one was also uncovered by Politico earlier this year), provide more detail about the sales tactics that its employees used. In other words, Trump now has less than five weeks to vacate the White House. By John Cassid y. tweet; By John Cassidy , JUNE 2, 2016. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Save this story for later. Trump University instructors told people who attended the three-day seminars that this wasn’t enough time to learn how to succeed, and encouraged them to purchase additional “mentorship” programs, which cost up to thirty-five thousand dollars. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. These are really smart people saying this. Harvard people, which used to be the best Ivy League. Moreover, the complaint said, “no specific Donald Trump techniques or strategies were taught during the seminars, Donald Trump ‘never’ reviewed any of Trump University’s curricula or programming materials, nor did he review any of the content for the free seminars or the three day seminars.” So what were the attendees taught? So far, though, Trump has failed in his efforts to have the lawsuits in California and New York thrown out. The Sorry Legacy of the For-Profit College Boom. This was the full Manchurian Candidate scenario, and several orders of magnitude worse than the standard "collusion" story. Washington and the World. One of the company’s ads said of Trump, “He’s the most celebrated entrepreneur on earth. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about the latest scandal, you can’t predict the next one. One thing is clear, though. If anyone still has any doubt about the troubling nature of Donald Trump’s record, he or she should be obliged to read the affidavit of Ronald Schnackenberg, a former salesman for Trump University. If the revelations about Trump University_ _don’t do any damage to Trump, it’s time to worry—or worry even more—about American democracy. Trump University is Somehow Even Worse Than You Imagined Blog Post. Despite Trump University’s claim that it offered “graduate programs, post graduate programs, doctorate programs,” it wasn’t a university at all. Johnston exposes how incredibly dangerous the Trump Administration is to the future of America! In a post for _The _New Republic, Brian Beutler argued that it will be “devastating” to him. One of his mistresses is also romantically involved with a notorious gangster. The Trump White House is bedlam. Think about that!” Trump’s tweeted thought experiment came after trading on the New York Stock Exchange was temporarily halted as stocks plunged more than 2,000 points, a 7 percent drop that triggered an automatic pause. Think the Trump tapes are worse than the Nixon tapes? January 18, 2019. By Evan Osno s. Video. Some of these methods, such as encouraging customers to max out their credit cards and playing psychological tricks on them, are familiar from the world of time-shares and other dodgy industries. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton offered a preview of what is to come, calling Trump a “fraud” who is “trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump University.”, The Clinton campaign is clearly hoping that Trump University will be to Trump as Bain Capital was to Mitt Romney—a way to portray him as just another selfish rich guy who is out to profit at the expense of ordinary folk. The FBI is facing one of the greatest tests of its 110 years as politicians attack the bureau and Donald Trump calls it a "disgrace." If anyone still has any doubt about the troubling nature of Donald Trump’s record, he or she should be obliged to read the affidavit of Ronald Schnackenberg, a former salesman for Trump University. At another point, the manual said, “Don’t ask people what they THINK about something you’ve said. Trump University: It’s Worse Than You Think. “If they can afford the gold elite don’t allow them to think about doing anything besides the gold elite,” one of the playbooks advised the sales staff. Trump’s Feud With Europe Is Worse Than You Think . Trump University instructors and staff were given detailed guidance as to how to build rapport and approach consumers one-on-one to encourage further purchases. John Cassidy writes: Following the release, earlier this week, of testimony filed in a federal lawsuit against Trump University, the United States is facing a high-stakes social-science experiment. Trump University representatives were explicitly instructed to push the highest priced Elite programs. Will one of the world’s leading democracies elect as its President a businessman who founded and operated a for-profit learning annex that some of its own employees regarded as a giant ripoff, and that the highest legal officer in New York State has described as a classic bait-and-switch scheme? After multiple investigations and lawsuits for illegal business practices and defrauding students, the “university” shut its doors in 2010. cnn.com – A judge has finalized a $25 million settlement for students … David Cay Johnson is an investigative journalist, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. Commenting on Twitter, Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, wrote, “Trump U is devastating because it’s metaphor for his whole campaign: promising hardworking Americans way to get ahead, but all based on lies.”. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. The complaint explained. Donald Trump, the most perplexing candidate for the GOP presidential nomination this cycle, doesn’t think the federal government should profit from federal student loans. Be they great, middling, or corrupt, the presidents past all shared a trait missing in the Trump presidency. Newyorker – Trump University its worse than you think. We invite you to join the dialogue Schoolchildren can easily grasp Trump’s high crime, in contrast to the complex, Machiavellian plot immortalized on the tape that led to Nixon’s downfall. From the time Trump University began operating, in 2005, the A.G.’s office repeatedly warned the company that it was breaking the law by calling itself a university. Trump is so out of the ordinary when it comes to negotiation, in fact, that the quarterly published by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, devoted its latest issue to him. IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America By David Cay Johnston 306 pp. Why Trump is even worse than you think. Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Trump's radical attempt to sabotage auto emissions rules: It's even worse than you think This is more than a damaging assault on pollution regulations — it's a stealth attempt to rewrite federal law Teflon Don: Revisiting Trump’s Early Fans. The best people are saying that my school is probably the number one Ivy League school in America. When it began, Trump University offered online classes, but it quickly switched its focus to live classes and seminars, the first of which was free to attend. Trump University: It’s Worse Than You Think - The New Yorker. Following the release, earlier this week, of testimony filed in a federal lawsuit against Trump University, the United States is facing a high-stakes social-science experiment. What Will Decide the Presidential Election? Schnackenberg, who worked in Trump’s office at 40 Wall Street, testified that “while Trump University claimed it wanted to help consumers make money in real estate, in fact Trump University was only interested in selling every person the most expensive seminars they possibly could.” The affidavit concludes, “Based upon my personal experience and employment, I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”, In one sense, the latest revelations don’t break much new ground. The alleged scam didn’t stop there. Another salesperson then “talked them into buying the $35,000 program after I refused to sell this program to them,” he testified. In fact, Trump hadn’t handpicked the instructors, and he didn’t attend the three-day seminars. If you’re willing to defend almost-sorta-kinda collusion today, you’d better be willing to defend clear-as-day, quid-pro-quo collusion tomorrow. In It’s Even Worse Than You Think, Johnston exposes shocking details about the Mexican border wall, and how American consumers will end up paying for it, if it ever gets built; climate change, and all about Scott Pruitt who spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads; stocking—not draining—the swamp, despite his promise to do the opposite, Trump has filled his cabinet with … Will one of the world’s leading democracies elect as its President a businessman who founded and operated a for-profit learning annex that some of its own employees regarded as a giant ripoff, and that the highest legal officer in New York State has described as a classic bait-and-switch scheme? In It’s Even Worse Than You Think, Johnston exposes shocking details about the Mexican border wall, and how American consumers will end up paying for it, if it ever gets built; climate change, and all about Scott Pruitt who spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads; stocking—not draining—the swamp, despite his promise to do the opposite, Trump has filled his cabinet with … By John Cassid y. June 2, 2016. Daily Comment. This bait and switch was laid out in the Trump University Playbook (“Playbook”), which provided step-to-step directions to Trump University instructors on what to tell students during the seminars. All rights reserved. Even If Assange’s Death isn’t the Goal of the US and... Stop Trivializing The Term ‘Coup’: Notes From The Edge Of The... Pompeo Says Obama Risked US Lives by Complying With INF Treaty, Coronavirus Lessons That Vietnam Could Teach Americans and the World, New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation. . John Cassidy on the recent revelations about Trump University, and how they may affect Donald Trump’s campaign for … Part 2: “It’s Even Worse Than You Think”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s First Year in Office Part 3: Trump Biographer: Trump is the “Most Racist” President in At Least 100 Years This is a school, Trump University. Nov. 16, 2015. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. "It's Even Worse Than You Think" is an intriguing examination of the first 100 days of Trump's presidency and the differences between his and past presidencies, … It’s Even Worse Than You Think The Trump Factor A single factor defines Donald Trump’s presidency, making it unlike the forty-four administrations before. Americans formally performed that onerous responsibility this Monday when its Electoral College voted 306-232 for Joe Biden as the incoming American president. There, Trump University’s instructors “engaged in a methodical, Systematic Series of misrepresentations” designed to convince students to sign up for a three-day seminar, where they would learn Trump’s personal techniques and strategies for investing, at a cost of about fifteen hundred dollars. TRUMP UNIVERSITY: IT’S WORSE THAN YOU THINK. $28.. On my Twitter feed, some people reacted more skeptically, pointing out that many of Trump’s supporters appear oblivious to any criticisms of him, and that Clinton isn’t necessarily the ideal prosecutor. Trump University: It’s worse than you think. Woodrow Wilson Was Even Worse Than You Think. Following the release, earlier this week, of testimony filed in a federal lawsuit against Trump University, the United States is facing a high-stakes social-science experiment. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America tells us exactly how it is making America worse again. Schnackenberg, who worked in Trump’s office at 40 Wall Street, testified that “while Trump University claimed it wanted to help consumers make money in real estate, in fact Trump University was only interested in selling every person the most expensive seminars they possibly could.” The affidavit concludes, “Based upon my personal experience and employment, I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”. Despite Trump University’s claim that it offered “graduate programs, post graduate programs, doctorate programs,” it wasn’t a university at all. I did not feel it was an appropriate program for them because of their precarious financial condition.” Far from being commended by his bosses for his honesty, Schnackenberg said that he was reprimanded. According to the complaint, “the contents and material presented by Trump University were developed in large part by a third-party company that creates and develops materials for an array of motivational speakers and Seminar and timeshare rental companies.” The closest that the attendees at the seminars got to Trump was when they were encouraged to have their picture taken with a life-size photo of him. They just named it. Subscribe to John Cassidy’s newsletter to get the latest on politics, economics, and the news. People buy emotionally and justify it logically.”, One of Schnackenberg’s contributions, in his testimony, was to illustrate how these tactics worked with individuals. It was a company that purported to be selling Trump’s secret insights into how to make money in real estate. And, whatever happens to the legal cases, the allegations will dog him all the way to November. “I was disgusted by this conduct and decided to resign.”. 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