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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Trump University Was a Bad University

Trump in Fresno, California on Friday.

Spencer Platt

The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

Not a ton happened in Trumpworld today except Trump backing out of a debate with Bernie Sanders which most people probably expected him to eventually back out of anyway, so I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight two particularly choice passages from a new CNN piece about Trump University. Firstly:

A review of Trump University presenters and so-called real estate experts found many with questionable credentials and inflated resumes. Court documents show background checks conducted during the hiring process could not determine whether some instructors even graduated high school.

“We’re going to have professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific people, terrific brains,” Trump had said in ads.

Secondly, a Trump lawyer gave CNN “14 affidavits written by students praising the program.” Here’s one of the people who wrote those affidavits:

“It opened my mind and put my knowledge up to another level,” said Jesus Castillo, a real estate investor based in San Juan, Puerto Rico who supports Trump for president.

But records show Castillo filed for both Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 and 2011 after enrolling in the program.


Donald Trump is a real ding-dong.

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