Trump on Trump U: ‘98 Percent’ of Enrollees Liked the Program, Hispanic Judge ‘Unfair’
TODD: "If Trump University was such a successful business and the trump -- I know you had to change the name because it wasn't a university."
TRUMP: "Only in New York."
TODD: "Why isn't it still a robust business?"
TRUMP: "Well, because we would open it again -- what happened is -- first of all you have to understand. We had about 98% of the people took the courses, approved the courses, they had report cards and said they were great, those people now are suing because a law firm said if I could get your money back, what would you say, get my money back, that's great. But they signed these documents -- they rated the course 98% approval rating and high marks. Number two, we have an a from the better business bureau. And here's the only thing, chuck, I could settle the case, but I don't want to settle the case. The reason is I don't want to be held up. And once you settle cases, everybody sues you. I don't want to be held up. So I take the case. The one with the attorney general, that was taken from these people. They made a campaign contribution to the attorney general of New York. He met with President Obama in Syracuse, New York, and the following day or a day later he filed a case against me. And that case has been largely won, although they're appealing, but that case has been largely won by me. So it's very easy for me to settle these things, chuck. I just don't choose to do it. It's not a good deal. It's a civil case. It's not a big deal. Just so you understand, we have a 98% approval rating and we have an a from the better business bureau."
TODD: "I guess the question is, did anybody succeed? Did anybody make millions of dollars in real estate using your way? Can you produce folks that have made millions using your way?"
TRUMP: "People did succeed. And we have those people will be witnesses at the trial. And the man that's doing that I believe he signed a document saying he thought trump University was terrific in some form. And that it was terrific. So we'll have to find out -- I haven't seen this commercial, but the man that did that commercial, I think if you tell me his name or we'll find it, but most of the people signed documents saying it was great. So it will be interesting. He made the statement. Let's see what he said about the school. Because I think he signed a document saying that the school is very good. But we'll find out."
TODD: "You said something else about the judge yesterday. You said one of the judges, you said, quote, I believe he happens to be Spanish, which is fine. He's Hispanic. Which is fine. We haven't asked for a recusal, which we may do. Why would you need to ask for a refusal? And what does his ethnicity have to do with it?"
TRUMP: "Because I think he's been very, very unfair with us. I think the judge has been extremely unfair. This is a case that many, many, many people said should have been thrown out on summary judgment. We have 98 percent approval --"
TODD: "And you think it's because he's Hispanic?"
TRUMP: "This is a case that should have been -- well, because of the wall and because of everything that's going on with Mexico and all of that, I think it's frankly -- look, this is a judge who I believe has treated me very, very unfairly. This is a case that should have been thrown out a long time ago in the opinion of many great lawyers."