Fox host Martha MacCallum wasn’t the kind of Donald Trump cheerleader we’ve come to expect from most Fox News hosts when she interviewed his son, Eric Trump today. But she allowed him to dump a load of BS on the viewers in response to the very damning material released from one of the fraud class-action cases against Trump University.
From Media Matters:
Trump appeared on the June 2 broadcast of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss several topics, among them the recently released documents pertaining to a pending class-action lawsuit against Trump U. Trump repeatedly pushed the already debunked claim that the business “had a 98 percent approval rating.” A New York Times investigation found, however, that the survey process for determining this approval rating was itself, in fact, “a central component of a business model that, according to lawsuits and investigators, deceived consumers.”
MacCallum was almost apologetic for asking Trump about the newly-released material about Trump University and explained away her question by saying, "I guarantee you, you are going to see and hear this on Hillary Clinton commercials going forward."
Trump's answer was a chip off the orange block:
TRUMP: Trump University had a 98 percent approval rating. 98 percent, meaning at the end of taking the courses, people graded the university and they wrote a little report card about it. A 98 percent approval rating. We actually posted that on a website so, you have people that come back, it’s buyers’ remorse, it’s whatever it is. You have people that come back after grading it an A-plus, “I loved it,” “I learned so much for it,” “I brought this into my own personal life,” "It helped me develop as a person,” “It helped me start my first business,” etcetera, etcetera. And then they come back and say that. So you know, I think we’re going to win that case. I know we’re going to win that case. We have every single one of those report cards. It just undermines quotes like that. I mean, the university did a great job. It did a great thing. It was highly, highly respected.
Yeah, so highly respected that, as MacCallum previously noted, a former sales manager called Trump University “a fraudulent scheme” that “preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.” A former sales executive called it “a façade, a total lie.”
Instead of pushing back on Eric Trump’s snow job (that probably would have fit right in at Trump University), MacCallum helped validate it, while feigning neutrality:
MACCALLUM: So you think the good outweighs the bad, essentially. That any time you have a business, you’re going to have some customers, and even some employees, who are disgruntled or dissatisfied. Is that the way you see it?
Trump went on to suggest that complaints about Trump University were no different than student complaints about Harvard. And pay no attention to the fact that there are no class action cases against Harvard for fraud, last I checked.
TRUMP: There’s probably people that go to Harvard and say, “Listen I went to Harvard, I got a great education, I can’t find a job,” or “I didn’t become the success that I could have been.” Sure, I mean you probably have that at every major university around the world. Trump University had a 98 percent approval rating, and I think that wins the day.
Right. No difference.
Rather than challenge that ridiculous statement, MacCallum changed the subject.
Watch it below, from the June 2 America’s Newsroom. (H/T Media Matters)
You don’t deserve to scrub the toilet floors of ‘these people’, Martha.
Why, of course, Mad Martha.
The “good” of Drumpf U. fleecing people out of their life savings, ruining their credit, and using those funds to line Donnie and his sons’ pockets, definitely outweighs the “bad” of that nasty little fraud case that goes to trial right after the election — not to mention those former Drumpf. U. “professors” actually ADMITTING the institution was “a scam.”
But only to you and Eric.