Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took aim at two former Trump University students who are currently accusing him of fraud — and he called them out by name.
In the three-minute “Trump University Truth” video posted to the billionaire businessman’s official YouTube channel Monday, Trump reads positive reviews from Bob Guillo and Kevin Scott, who have both since criticized Trump University. In addition, he mentions a third person who he says his campaign is “looking for.”
“There’s been so much talk by dishonest people about Trump University, or Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, and I thought I should set the record straight.” Trump says at the start of the video.
From there, Trump refers to an alleged Better Business Bureau report that shows Trump University with an “A” rating, a report the BBB denies sending to Trump.
The focus of his video is Guillo and Scott, both of whom appeared in ads sponsored by the American Future Fund, a conservative non-profit that has recently taken an anti-Trump position. Trump attributes the ad to “lightweight” GOP rival Marco Rubio.
In an attempt to debunk the negative ad, Trump reads aloud the positive reviews from the two Trump University graduates, using their full names and showing them in writing on the screen.
“We have 98 percent of the people that took the courses where they have reports like this where they, for some reason, signed report card at the end, which I think is a great idea and a great thing that they did,” Trump said. “But when they are on the stand they will be shown and shown these reports.”
However, the forms Trump shows refer only to a particular seminar, not the entire Trump University initiative. And, according to the AFF ad, Scott paid for much more than just a seminar.
“I spent about $30,000 at Trump University and basically all it did was ruin my credit and ruin my life,” Scott said.
According to the Washington Post, that “98 percent” approval claim is generally based on surveys taken after the free presentation. The reviews were not anonymous and students were encouraged to give Trump University positive marks in hopes of receiving discounts or a certificate of completion.
Seeking to tie the video to his brash campaign promises, Trump said he will take the case all the way to court, noting his aversion to settling, arguing that the United States should not settle in its dealings, either.
Below are the two ads featuring Guillo and Scott:
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