Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a new video skewering Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now defunct Trump University, which is currently the subject of a lawsuit in federal court.
The video promises viewers that they can amass the same fortune as Donald Trump if they just follow three simple steps.
The first step is signing up for Trump University.
The Second Step is paying for it at the affordable “amazing price of everything you have!”
Then the announcer reveals:
There is no step three. You won’t learn anything. It’s that easy!
The release of the video comes on the heels of a firestorm set off by Trump’s comments about the federal judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit currently underway. Trump attacked the judge’s heritage arguing that Gonzalo Curiel could not be fair because he’s of Hispanic descent.
This comment, as well as others, triggered universal condemnation from both sides of the aisle. With House Speaker Paul Ryan calling the billionaire’s statements as the “textbook definition of a racist comment” just one day after reluctantly endorsing him.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham went even further by urging Republicans to drop their endorsements of Trump:
This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Graham told The New York Times. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.
While Clinton is still under FBI investigation regarding her unauthorized private email server while she served as Secretary of State, Trump faces multiple lawsuits related to Trump University. In one case, Cohen v. Trump, Judge Curiel allowed the case to move forward as a class-action suit under the federal anti-racketeering law known as RICO.
RICO was originally used in the 1970s to go after mafia organizations, according to the Wall Street Journal:
The law allows federal prosecutors to stitch together crimes going back many years, from extortion and loan sharking to murder, in a single case. It is easier for them to convict mob defendants when they wrap in evidence of the “broader context in which the crime was committed, along with the pattern of conduct that led up to the crime,” said Samuel Buell, a professor at Duke University School of Law.
It’s possible that Trump could face a massive monetary judgement should the judge rule in the plaintiff’s favor.