Donald Trump's indefensible and explicit race-baiting of a federal judge presiding over the Trump University case was a lose-lose for him: He was almost universally criticized -- with rare, hedged defenses ranging from lame to lamer -- and as a consequence of the week-long firestorm, he kept the unflattering and unhelpful fraud case in the national spotlight. Only after an internal campaign power struggle and a pleading call from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus did Trump finally reportedly relent, issuing a factually-challenged public statement that stated he would cease discussing the controversy. Within hours, he was...discussing the controversy. In any case, buried in Politico's story about the Trump camp's machinations and strife is this nugget about the advice senior aide Paul Manafort was offering to his candidate:
For several days, Manafort and his allies had urged Trump to stop attacking Curiel and to respond to questions about the Trump University lawsuit by going on offense, highlighting Bill Clinton’s ties to the for-profit Laureate Education and the grants the company received from Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The average voter could easily be excused for asking, "wait, what's this Laureate Education thing?" Due to the incessant and arguably fully deserved media scrutiny of Trump University, which Trump himself foolishly fueled by hammering Judge Curiel in such a ham-fisted and reprehensible manner, very scant attention has been paid to the other side of this coin. Left-leaning law professor Jonathan Turley mines the details of the Clintons' lucrative 'Laureate Education' scheme, and they're pretty darned sketchy:
The national media has been accused of again sidestepping a scandal involving the Clintons that involves the same type of fraud allegations. The scandal involves the dubious Laureate Education for-profit college and entails many of the common elements with other Clinton scandals: huge sums given to the Clintons and questions of conflicts with Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State...Laureate Education has been sued over such programs as its Walden University Online offering, which many have alleged is a scam designed to bilk students of tens of thousands of dollars for degrees. Students says that they were repeatedly delayed and given added costs as they tried to secure degrees, leaving them deeply in debt.
And here are the details on the Clinton angle, which naturally involves millions of dollars and a serious appearance of possible impropriety ...