Trump’s Rules of Reasoning

I have spent the last couple days trying to understand the logic in this confusing Trump tweet  …

trump-tweet-uHooray! I am thrilled that Trump flip-flopped on his campaign position that he would NEVER settle this lawsuit, and that those harmed through his sham “school” will be properly compensated after all these years. I just can’t get past the logic Trump uses. Should I really be surprised?

First, he indicates that the settlement of $25 million was a small fraction of the potential award. Wait, what? Is he admitting to actually doing much more harm? What comprises a “small fraction”? 10 percent? That would mean a potential $250 million award. (Editor’s Note: Math calculations done for the benefit of Trump supporters who may be reading this.) Just how much harm did Trump U actually do?

But let’s set that aside for a moment and accept that $25 million is a fair settlement figure. NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seems to think so in this official press release …

“In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of millions of dollars through a scheme known as Trump University. Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes. Today’s $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.”

Again, good news. But I want to focus on this one key phrase in the press release.

“… refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university.”

Yes, Trump had prior opportunities to settle the lawsuit for lower amounts.

Allow me to recap …

  • Trump had the opportunity to settle for much less.
  • Trump decided to settle for much more.
  • Trump thinks he could have been required to pay much, much more.
  • Trump is happy with the outcome.

Trump seems to be trying to state his case that he actually won this settlement by using this argument …

More is less than Much More, therefore More is less than Less.

I could find no exiting rule of logic that I could apply to such reasoning. I think we will need to christen this Trump’s Law of Fallacious Reality. Unfortunately for the USA, it is the logic that Trump seems to apply to all his decisions.

 

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