Kevin Trudeau believers are going to believe
Reuters, reporting from the sentencing of former TV informercial salesman and convicted fraudster, Kevin Trudeau, made note of a packed courtroom of Trudeau supporters. One of the Trudeau believers was Ed Foreman, 80, a motivational speaker and former congressman from Texas and New Mexico. Foreman twice attempted to make a statement supporting Trudeau, and both times the judge told him to sit down and be quiet. After the second outburst, the judge had him removed from the courtroom:
When Foreman failed to respond to the judge’s order to be quiet, he was lifted up by his arms and legs and carried out of the courtroom by federal marshals.
Read another description of the Trudeau sentencing proceedings from the Chicago Tribune.
Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, Trudeau’s believers are going to keep on believing. At some point, one has to just shake one’s head and let them continue living in their fantasy world, no? I wonder what pyramid scheme adherents think when they read articles like this. Do they ever wonder if their leaders might be hucksters too? Or do they think, “Well, that guy’s a fraud, but my leader is a paragon of virtue and honesty!”?
Check out the argument put forth by Trudeau’s attorneys to reduce jail time for Trudeau. From the Reuters’ article:
Trudeau’s attorney, Thomas Kirsch, argued the government could not punish him for the content of the book and the amount of the fraud to the individual was small because they didn’t wipe out anyone’s life savings, attorney Thomas Kirsch said on Monday.
Small fraud multiplied thousands of times can sometimes equal large fraud. It’s still fraud.
Dressed in an orange prison outfit (as opposed to a dark suit with a red tie in this previous courtroom appearance)1, Trudeau said that he’s learned a “life-changing lesson” from this. He promised the judge that should he ever make an infomercial again, he would not embellish, lie, or otherwise puff up his pitch. In ten years, we’ll have to check back and see if Trudeau truly learns from this teachable moment.
1 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Trudeau was wearing a suit and tie during sentencing. In fact, he was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.