Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday released a video in which he defends himself against fraud charges related to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative. Formerly known as Trump University, the real estate investment seminar is facing multiple class-action lawsuits in different states from attendees who claim it was a scam.
In the video, Trump reveals the full names of two former Trump University participants who say they were ripped off by the program. He holds up positive course evaluation forms he says they filled out.
Trump adds that he's "looking for" a third program customer, presumably referring to a woman who also publicly has claimed she was scammed by Trump's business.
The men Trump mentions in his video both appeared in ads funded by the nonprofit American Future Fund, a conservative group with ties to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
In those videos, people -- identified by first names only -- describe spending more than $30,000 on Trump University seminars, and allege that they did not receive the guidance and instruction they were promised.
"Trump University ruined my credit, and it ruined my life," says a man in an AFF ad.
The people who participated in the AFF ad campaign have all since released their full names to the media.
The new Trump video sends a message to anyone else who may consider speaking out against the businessman or his shady endeavors: He will not hesitate to name you and tacitly encourage his millions of Twitter followers to find you.
When The Huffington Post asked Trump's lawyer, Alan Garten, about the decision to name the fraud victims in the video, he said, "While these individuals may have at one time wished to remain anonymous, they lost that right when they injected themselves into the discussion by agreeing to be featured in a nationally televised commercial."
Trump says in the video that the alleged fraud victims would be presented with their positive reviews of the Trump University seminars in court.
"When they are on the stand, they will be shown and shown [sic] these reports," he said.
"Why would anybody settle a case when we have reports like this?" Trump asks. "I just can't do it."
Trump then compared his defense of fraud charges to the United States, which he says should fight back against, well, it's not clear.
"And you know what? The United States should fight back also," he says. "We shouldn't just be settlers, we should fight back. And do what's right."
Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist,
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