The New York Times yesterday exposed yet another Donald Trump get-rich-quick con: the Trump Institute, where Trump passed off his secrets to success that turned out to be nothing more than a plagiarized real estate manual. Trump starred in infomercials and licensed his name to the Institute, claiming that he “put all of my concepts that have worked so well for me” into the curriculum.
But as the Times reports, “Reality fell far short.”
Trump did not, as the Institute promised, handpick instructors — and Trump wasn’t writing the textbooks, either. The Institute found an author for its official handbook — where else? — on Craigslist. And “At least 20 pages of the Trump Institute book were copied entirely or in large part from ‘Real Estate Mastery System.'”
With Trump Institute — as with Trump University, and throughout the rest of his business career — Donald Trump was running a scam designed to pad his wallet at the expense of people whose only mistake was trusting and believing in him.