Clinton Campaign Posts Scathing Faux Infomercial for Trump University

Cheery Announcer Plugs a 'Straight-Up Fraud'

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The gloves are most definitely off at Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters, as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee steps up her counterpunches at Donald Trump. Released via Hillary for America's The Briefing YouTube channel, "Trump University Informercial" has the aesthetics of a cheesy spoof while neatly summing up the controversy surrounding the failed educational venture. It quotes damning press reports (e.g., "Trump University told recruiters to target single parents with hungry kids," per New York Magazine), prominent critics of Trump U ("This is straight-up fraud," says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an MSBNC soundbite) and Trump insiders ("I resigned from my position in May 2007 because I believe that Trump University was engaging in misleading, fraudulent and dishonest conduct," per a former Trump U sales manager).

The spoof even closes out with a dig at Trump's claims about his wealth: "Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to give your hard-earned money to an alleged billionaire. Call now!"

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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