The cases against Trump University have regularly cropped up during the presidential campaign. Trump was roundly criticized in May when he accused U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is of Mexican descent, of being biased against him because of the candidate’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Lawyers for the media coalition argued that the lawsuit “has become a prominent election issue” and that Trump himself had cited Trump U. “as an example of his business success.”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered an incisive 30-minute speech excoriating both Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on their approach to judicial issues. Warren has been widely named as a potential running-mate for Hillary Clinton.
Lindsey Graham called Trump’s attacks on Judge Curiel “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” Still, he would rather Trump, who he has said he won’t vote for, choose the next Supreme Court justice over even considering the moderate Garland, who he has called “a very capable, honest judge.”
In an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee defended Donald Trump’s racist comments against the federal judge overseeing one of his Trump University lawsuits.
Isn’t it worse, though, if non-racist Trump manipulates racial tension in the electorate for personal revenge and political benefit? If he really isn’t a racist, why is Trump being so racist?
Donald Trump’s campaign is rolling out a new strategy to try to tamp down the widespread criticism from the media and his fellow Republicans of Trump’s racist comments about a federal judge: flat-out lie about what he said and why.
Taken together, the intersection of frequent Trump-related litigation with a federal judiciary in which more than 100 Hispanic or Latino judges serve makes the comments by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee even more significant.
One of the obligations of a presidential candidate is to commit to policy solutions. You review a public problem, decide what you will do about it in office, and report in detail how you will address the problem. Instead, Trump practices what one might call “multiple-choice communication.”
“I have spent my life building bridges and tearing down barriers–not building walls. That’s why I find Donald Trump’s belief that an American-born judge of Mexican descent is incapable of fairly presiding over his case is not only dead wrong, it is un-American.”
“I regret those comments that he made. Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed.”
Why does Trump persist with this racist crusade? Because he isn’t going after the mainstream Republican base, he’s going after the racists.
John Dickerson asked the real estate mogul, “Isn’t there sort of a tradition though in America that we don’t judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?” “I’m not talking about tradition,” Trump responded. “I’m talking about common sense, OK?”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate to Trump, called Trump’s comments about the judge “inexcusable.” “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made,” Gingrich told Fox News.
In an interview taped Friday for Sunday morning’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Donald Trump repeated the racist comments he has made at various campaigns stops this week about the federal judge presiding over two lawsuits filed by former students of Trump University.
Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation given that he was “of Mexican heritage.”
Donald Trump’s blatantly racially motivated denunciation of Gonzalo Curiel, the presiding judge over a pair of Trump University lawsuits, draws attention away from Curiel’s distinguished career serving the nation’s judiciary.