Former Trump University Students: ‘We Never Felt Pressured’

On May 23, 2005, real estate mogul and Reality TV star Donald Trump at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University.
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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump posted a video on his YouTube channel, Donald J. Trump for President, of former Trump University students praising the program and discussing how much they learned attending the seminars.

The roughly three-minute YouTube video titled, “The Truth about Trump University,” comes after likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called Trump’s school a “scam” following the release of unsealed documents in one of the court cases alleging Trump University used certain types of words to pressure students to purchase classes.

Michelle Gunn, a real estate investor, attended Trump University and defended it in the video, saying, “Through the Trump University training sessions, we never felt pressured to do anything we didn’t want to do…sign for anything we didn’t want to sign, pay for anything we didn’t want to pay for. It was truly just offered.”

She added, “I see and hear there are former Trump University students coming out and I have to sit back and think to myself, if they were given the same information, the same education, the same opportunity, how come they didn’t have the same results? And I think that’s because you have to take action upon yourself. You have to go out and make it happen.”

Casey Hoban, who took Trump University classes with his business partner, is also featured in the video reminding people that the school gave people a chance to have a refund.

“An interesting thing that they did when they started that class… they told us that if you feel you’re over your head or you feel you’re not going use these techniques then leave your books on the shelf, check out of the class now, and we’ll refund you…they gave people a chance to leave the class,” Hoban recalled.

Gunn and Hoban try to counter arguments made by the plaintiffs in two lawsuits against Trump University in San Diego and New York, alleging that Trump University pressured customers into buying more and more courses, but didn’t deliver on promises.


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