Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Republican presidential primary candidate debate sponsored by CNN and Telemundo at the University of Houston in Houston, TX, on Feb. 25.
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March 3, 2016 6:30 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz created a Trump University “certificate of deception” on Thursday, allowing opponents of the GOP frontrunner to personalize their own diploma from the controversial venture.

“Donald Trump has a long history of defrauding others to make himself richer,” Cruz’s campaign site reads. “We must not let this deception stand. Sign the petition to stand against Trump’s money-grab and get your personal diploma from ‘Trump University.'”

The slogan above the Trump University stamp depicted on Cruz’s diploma reads “indebted” and “unaccredited.”

The move is the latest example of an opponent attacking Trump for his real-estate investment school that closed in 2010. Trump has faced several lawsuits accusing him of defrauding students, and a conservative group released ads last week accusing the businessman of taking advantage of the university’s customers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has also attacked Trump on the issue, calling the school a “fake university.” Trump has fought back against the criticism, saying he won most of the Trump University lawsuits.

The remaining Republican presidential candidates, except retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, will face off in a debate Thursday night. The debate is the first since Trump dominated the Super Tuesday voting contests, a victory that has worried some Cruz supporters.

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