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Donald Trump has managed the impossible. He is the first candidate in United States history who has both the entire Democrat Party and the entire Republican Party campaigning against him.
He accomplished this feat by raising what I believe to be legitimate questions about the impartiality of the judge who will oversee his Trump University case in California, Gonzalo Curiel. Trump has done it with his customary bombastic style, and has aroused the ire of everyone but his base. Even his most faithful and loyal supporter, Newt Gingrich, put his VP hopes at risk by saying that Trump’s comments were “inexcusable.” Under withering pressure from friend and foe alike, he has simply and characteristically doubled down.
After campaign aides sent out instructions yesterday to surrogates to stop talking about the judge, Trump immediately countermanded the directive, saying it contained “stupid” information, and ordered his surrogates to continue attacking the judge on all fronts.
He has since softened his tone toward the judge, but only after the entire Republican Party came after him in force. I have yet to find one Republican elected official who has said anything in defense of Trump’s stance toward Judge Curiel. The lone Republican who supported Trump initially, Alberto Gonzales, has since joined the chorus of critics. Now Trump is plaintively saying only that he hopes the judge will be fair.
The truth is, in my judgment, that Trump has legitimate reasons to question the objectivity of Judge Curiel. But Trump’s bombast and the howling accusations of racism from all corners spooked the Republicans before they could even consider the possibility that he might have a point.
This is a judge who is openly pledged to advance the cause of Latino interests. Before joining the bench, he belonged to the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. “La Raza,” of course, means “The Race” in Spanish. One could be forgiven for considering the possibility that as an organization it might be as racially motivated as an organization calling itself “The Aryan Lawyers Association.”
It is certainly not inappropriate in the least to ask exploratory questions, and certainly appropriate to ask whether such a judge can be fair with a plaintiff like Trump who has been widely accused of pursuing goals in immigration that are considered by many, perhaps even by the judge, to be contrary to Latino interests.
Before Curiel took his seat on the bench, as a member of the La Raza Lawyers Association, he participated in awarding scholarships to illegal aliens as a member of the selection committee for the organization’s 2014 Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner & Gala. Thus he was publicly rewarding those who had no legal right even to be in this country and were breaking the law right in front of these attorneys just by being present at an awards ceremony of this nature.
The La Raza Lawyers Association offers links to like-minded organizations on its home…