Schneiderman vindicated: The Trump University settlement proves that Donald’s attacks were way off base
November 21, 2016
As published in the New York Daily News on November 18, 2016.
Donald “I don’t settle cases” Trump has agreed to say bye-bye to $25 million, the President-elect’s price to — that’s right — settle lawsuits filed on behalf of students bilked by his real estate seminar venture Trump University.
Not shabby for “Lightweight NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [who] is trying to extort me,” as Trump tweeted in 2013 when New York’s top law enforcer filed one of the cases. Schneiderman alleged that the workshops, illegally holding themselves out as a seat of higher learning, hustled consumers into parting with big money to little result.
All the more power to the California federal judge, Gonzalo Curiel, whose stiff spine facing appalling attempts by Trump to paint him as too biased to preside over another case — because “he’s Mexican” (actually, born in Indiana) — enabled the proper conclusion of justice.
And no thanks to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who just happened to sit on the sidelines after a group supporting her campaign just happened to get a $25,000 donation from Trump’s charitable foundation, inviting an IRS fine.
So much for another Trump tweet: “I could have settled but won’t out of principle!” The principle belongs entirely to the relieved plaintiffs and the attorney general who had their back.