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News Thursday, Jun 30 2016

Trump Institute Scammed People With Plagiarized Real Estate Secrets

Jun 30, 2016

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.

New York Times: Plagiarized Lessons and Deceptive Tactics: A Look Inside the Trump Institute

ABC: VIDEO: Good Morning America: “The Trump Institute was accused Of deceptive trade practices and they actually plagiarized some material.”

CBS News: Report: Trump Institute plagiarized its course materials

Fox News: Trump’s seminar textbooks reportedly have at least 20 plagiarized pages

MSNBC: Move over, ‘Trump U,’ the new scandal is the ‘Trump Institute’

Mother Jones: Before Trump University, There Was the Trump Institute. Here’s How Donald Trump Learned the Hustle.

The Hill: New York Times reports plagiarism in Trump textbooks

Published: Jun 30, 2016

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