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Controversial Trump Video Defends Trump Univ. (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The Donald Trump campaign released a testimonial video (below) on June 1 to defend Trump University, which has been accused of being a scam by former students and ex-employees.

Michelle Gunn, a former student providing a testimonial in the video, appears in another testimonial video for a public speaker's coaching services, Red State reports. The right of center news site notes that Gunn may be a "professional testimonial giver."

A man named Kent Moyer appears in the Trump University video, but does not seem to buy and sell real estate like the school teaches. 

"By [Moyer's] own admission has never actually made money selling real estate," Red State claims.

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A third person in the Trump University video, Casey Hoban, "does not appear to be in the business of buying and selling real estate," notes Red State. Hoban's Twitter feed shows he founded a protein water company with some type of relationship with Trump and members of Trump's family.

Red State concludes: 

These are the three people the found, out of the 40,000 people who (allegedly) came through Trump University who could talk about their great experiences.

Notably, not one of these people is currently in the business of buying or selling real estate, or can offer any proof that Trump University made them successful in this endeavor, which is what it was designed to do.

The video appears to be a push back against unflattering testimonies by former Trump University employees that appear in court documents. The documents are a part of a class action lawsuit by former Trump University students against the business mogel.

Three ex-employees said in their testimonies that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme that preyed upon elderly people, promised Trump would be actively involved in the courses, even though he was not, and encouraged people who could not afford the classes to open credit lines to pay for them, The New York Times reports.

Trump's lawyers said on May 31 that the testimonies of the former employees had been "discredited" in depositions, but did not release those depositions.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, added, "Trump University looks forward to using this evidence, along with much more, to win when the case is brought before a jury."

Felicisimo Limon, a retired Navy veteran, told CNN on May 31 that he paid more than $26,000 for a five-day Trump University real estate course that was filled with useless information and instructors who constantly pressured him to pay more money for more classes.

Limon said the only thing he learned was a way to pay off tax liens of elderly people and then take ownership of their homes after they died; that's when Limon quit the class.

Former Students Speak Out For Trump University:

Michelle Gunn Testimonial For Steven Memel Speaker Coaching:

Trump University Student Felicisimo Limon On CNN

Sources: Red State, The New York Times, CNN via YouTube / Photo Credit: Donald J. Trump for President/YouTube

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