Sadly, the newscycle has been overtaken once again by a myopic focus on comments presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has made. Of course, we’re talking about Trump’s allegations that a judge of Mexican heritage might be unable to have an unbiased view while presiding over the Trump University case — which many have deemed racist.In typical mainstream media — and the politically correct, cover-your-fanny establishment politician fashion — the fury focuses almost exclusively on Trump’s comments in isolation, ignoring the context in which he is making them.
For example, the fact that the judge indeed has ties to La Raza, a group whose agenda has led to “thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions” — and whose sub groups include many considered themselves racist and anti-American.
Or the fact that Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor openly declared that one’s ethnic heritage “may and will make a difference in our judging.”
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said, for jurists who are women and nonwhite, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
To be sure, this is a case where perhaps Trump would have done well to don a tad bit of political correctness in his comments about the judge — rather than hand red meat to the #NeverTrumpers on both sides.This afternoon, Trump appears to be doing just that, issuing a statement attempting to clarify his comments regarding Judge Gonzalo Curiel the and quell the firestorm.
As Politico reports:
Trump on Tuesday offered a lengthy defense in response to the firestorm regarding his racially based attacks on the judge overseeing lawsuits against his now defunct Trump University.The presumptive Republican nominee said critics are unfairly calling his attacks on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel racist.
“It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent,” Trump said in the statement.But Trump also said it is fair for him to question whether Curiel has a conflict of interest because of his Mexican roots and Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Due to what I believe are unfair and mistaken rulings in this case and the Judge’s reported associations with certain professional organizations, questions were raised regarding the Obama appointed Judge’s impartiality. It is a fair question. I hope it is not the case,” Trump said.
“While this lawsuit should have been dismissed, it is now scheduled for trial in November. I do not intend to comment on this matter any further,” Trump added.
Will this quell the controversy or has the damage already been done?
We can only hope that is the case that we won’t be hearing more about this until the trial in November.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]