Donald Trump paid $25 million to settle two lawsuits leveled against him for defrauding hundreds of students at his university scam, Trump University. From the NYTimes:
The settlement was announced by the New York attorney general on Friday, just 10 days before one of the cases, a federal class-action lawsuit in San Diego, was set to be heard by a jury. The deal, if approved, averts a potentially embarrassing and highly unusual predicament: a president-elect on trial, and possibly even taking the stand in his own defense, while scrambling to build his incoming administration.
It was a remarkable concession from a real estate mogul who derides legal settlements and has mocked fellow businessmen who agree to them.
While Trump does not “admit” fault as part of the settlement, he has also agreed to pay $1 million in penalties to the State of New York for violating state education law, which is basically admitting fault.
I wasn’t going to cover this, because it was announced late Friday, and I have better things to do with my life on Friday evenings (not really), but then I realized that this is exactly what Donald Trump wanted: To bury the news on Friday night.
So, here are some tweet responses to the settlement that I have collected out of spite.
Trump will be the first president in history who settled a case for tens of millions in which ppl accused him of defrauding them. #TrumpU— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 18, 2016
Trump said he would never settle Trump University suit out of principle! Today he paid 25 million. Buh bye principle.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) November 18, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump swindled thousands of students at his sham “Trump University.” That’s not up for debate anymore - that’s a fact.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 18, 2016
He settled the Trump University case for $25mil today. But his conning of America continues full steam ahead. pic.twitter.com/eN1iXOpTBj— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 18, 2016
"Nobody should be above the law, especially Hillary, but if you have $25M and your name is Trump… it's okay." -Trump University apologists— COMER (@comer310) November 19, 2016
Donald Trump bought his way out of another crime spree with Trump University…I think we all know who the "Crooked" candidate was now.— Meghan Chavalier (@MeghanChavalier) November 19, 2016
Donald Trump vowed to never settle the Trump University lawsuit. Aside, Donald Trump vows to make America great again.— Gord Macey (@GordMacey) November 18, 2016
Trump went from being president of Trump University to being president of United States of America. Why con 6000 when you can con 60million?— Eric Treanor (@ericinca) November 19, 2016
Welp, the Trump University lawsuit is settled and done. Only 174 more lawsuits to go.— Brad Reason (@BradReason) November 19, 2016
Face it, America. We all fixin' to be schooled at Trump University. Welcome to #Scamalot.— Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) November 19, 2016
Shit, now all those Trump University football players gotta transfer???!— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) November 18, 2016