On this thought-provoking Blog, English author, David Brear, guides us to the dark heart of a modern-day, totalitarian labyrinth and shines a piercing light on its manipulative rulers and manipulated inhabitants. First, he provides a spool of unbreakable thread so that we can all find our way safely home.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
'Trump University' - a criminal racket using cult-style tactics.
Court documents have revealed co-ordinated devious techniques of persuasion deployed by employees at Donald Trump's (now defunct) bogus 'Investment School' against ill-informed and vulnerable individuals.
Coercive behaviour modification techniques designed to trick individuals into believing they were making a free choice to enter an advance fee fraud (peddled as 'education courses' containing Donald Trump's exclusive secrets to obtain financial success)areincluded in records released during a class-action lawsuit against the so-called'Trump University.'
Predictably, Mr Trump continues to pretend moral and intellectual authority and has flatly denied that his 'school' misled 'students.'
'Trump University Inc.' is the focus of two class-action lawsuits in San Diego, California, alleging the company defrauded victims by failing to deliver on promises to impart Mr Trump's secrets of real estate investment success. Victimssay they were misled by glossy propaganda boasting that Mr Trump had personally 'hand-picked' teachers and 'overseen the curriculum.'
In response, Trump steadfastly pretends that the majority of his customers (98%) were satisfied. He is evidently secure in the knowledge that the majority of fraud victims always remain silent in defence of their egos.
The documents were released following an order by US District Court Judge, Gonzalo Curiel. The judge ruled that the files were in the public interest since Mr Trump had become 'the front-runner in the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race.' Classically, Trump has completely ignored his victims' suffering and attacked the Judge as 'biased.'
In a separate civil lawsuit in New York,Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman has alleged that 'Trump University' used deceptive practices and misled students about the support they would get, but Mr Trump has again flatly denied any wrongdoing. A judge has already said the $40m action in New York should proceed to trial, but Mr Trump is appealing this ruling and has attacked Schneiderman as politically motivated.
The so-called 'Trump University' was instigated in 2005 as a commercial enterprise under the Trump brand, peddling so-called 'courses in entrepreneurship.' However, the real extent of 'University Chairman' Mr Trump's involvement is one of the key points at issue. Until it closed in 2010, ten thousands individuals are known to have given their money to the so-called'Trump University' and an estimated total of $40 millions was collected.
Victims were initially lured into the trap by Mr. Trump's 'billionaire' celebrity name and image, and by 'Free Trump University Introductory Classes.'
The released documents include so-called 'playbooks' for employees which explain how to 'close the deal' and trick victims into buying further so-called 'business seminars' at up to $34 995 (£24 288). The so-called 'playbooks' also contained precisely-worded scripts for 'Trump University' recruiters to fob off reporters. They were instructed exactly how to dress and run 'Trump University' events, as well as how to identify victims who had access to capital assets. The unsealed files included depositions from former 'Trump University' executives describing how the fraud functioned. Former recruiter, Ronald Schnackenberg wrote that he resigned in 2007, because the program used 'misleading, fraudulent and dishonest' tactics.
Mr. Trump's recruiters were to use 'the most persuasive words in the English language according to a study by the Psychology Department of Yale University: You, New, Money, Easy, Discovery, Free, Results, Health, Save, Proven, Guarantee, and Love.'
Recruiters were to talk to potential victims in a manner designed to have a 'powerful subconscious effect' on their thinking: 'Take every opportunity to emphasize that they need to learn the Trump way for continued and growing success!' Trump Bronze Elite ($9,995), Trump Silver Elite ($19,495), or Trump Gold Elite ($34,995). Potential victims were asked to disclose their liquid assets to 'help the Trump sales team' determine if they could be 'buyers.'
Recruiters were told to 'collect personalized information' about victims, e.g. the 'playbooks' said, 'are they a single parent of three children that may need money for food?'
According to the so-called 'playbooks:' 'money is never a reason for not enrolling in Trump University; if they really believe in you and your product, they will find the money. You are not doing any favor by letting someone use lack of money as an excuse.'
Michael Sexton (left).
Extensive testimony from former 'Trump University' executives begins to uncover Mr Trump's real level of guilt. Michael Sexton, ex 'Trump University President,' said in a 2012 deposition, that Mr Trump offered 'very good and substantive input' to the program's marketing materials.