Donald Trump’s racial purity test for judges

Donald Trump did his part yesterday to further America’s purity-politics renaissance, when he declared that a Mexican-American judge hearing a legal case against him couldn’t be unbiased because Trump has been critical of Mexican immigrants.

Trump had criticized Judge Gonzalo Curiel before. The Republican presidential candidate previously claimed, falsely, that Curiel was “Mexican,” and Trump went out of his wife to say the judge’s full name, apparently to emphasize the judge’s ethnicity and otherness.

Then yesterday Trump went even further. The Wall Street Journal reports:

In an interview, Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation given that he was “of Mexican heritage” and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association. Mr. Trump said the background of the judge, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants, was relevant because of his campaign stance against illegal immigration and his pledge to seal the southern U.S. border. “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump and his supporters were basing their argument, in part, on having confused a Latino lawyer’s association and a Latino advocacy group, both of which share the words “La Raza” (Spanish for “race”) in their names. Curiel belongs to the lawyer’s group, not the advocacy organization.

Trump has gone from questioning the trustworthiness of foreign Muslims, which was bad enough, to holding suspect an entire class of American citizens. It’s an argument the religious tried to use years ago against gay judges, claiming they’d be inherently biased to hear cases involving religious right plaintiffs and causes. The problem, among others, is that we all have conflicts, and we’d be disqualifying judges left and right if we adopted the Trump Standard for jurisprudence.

If Mexican judges can’t hear cases against people who have political views critical of Mexico, then every judge would have to be scrutinized by his ethnicity, and his heritage. And this applies to white judges too. Has the defendant every said anything critical about white people? Does he espouse political views that benefit the African-American community, and that a white person could be critical of? Then ban that judge!

But there’s another wrinkle. Once you ban that white judge from hearing a case against an outspoken black person, you can’t replace with him a black judge, because under the Trump Standard the black judge is really biased. So are Asian-Americans okay? Pacific Islanders maybe?

And what happens when you kick a gay judge off a trial — who do you replace them with? Straight judges, who have just as much a stake in sexual orientation issues as a gay judge? (After all, if gays per se are pro-gay, then straights per se must be pro-straight — oh the inherent conflict!)

But worst of all, beyond the practicality argument, is the underlying racism and division of Trump’s worldview. As we approach the 70th Anniversary of the end of Japanese Internment later this month on June 30, we shouldn’t be honoring that memory by creating classes of good and bad citizens, and especially defining those classes based on someone’s genes or ancestors.

In a creepy tweet, sent out earlier today, Trump announced that “several legal Hispanics” supported his presidential run:

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And yesterday was the day that GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan declared he had heard enough to finally endorse Trump.

And the Republican party wonders why they’re having growing problems with Latinos.

Here’s a little graphic I made for the last election. Funny how some things never change:

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  • Patch 42

    The Taco Bell Chihuahua is kind of like the Der Wienerschnitzel dog, only not as long and spicier. Neither dog took any jobs away from the American Dog, Scooby Doo.

  • UncleBucky

    I just ordered brain (visual cortex) bleach from PeaPod.

    Thanks for that image that will stain my screen for a goodly time. :P

  • LiberalRedneck

    I could have lived out the rest of my days without that mental picture. Ewww!

    But it did remind me of the scene from A Fish Called Wanda where John Cleese has Jamie Curtis wriggling on the bed as he speaks Italian and then Russian. Very funny.

  • AnitaMann

    I’d love someone in the MSM to point out, in addition to all the hate, how incoherent his speeches are. At least Sarah Palin is able to finish a sentence. It will be an ugly sentence stuffed with 78 words that don’t go together, but at least she is putting the words together, she thinks, to express a coherent thought. This guy is, “Come ON! Look, Mexicans! Squirrel! Over there! Beautiful Muslim Wall. I’m rich. I love Muslims and walls. SQUIRREL!! People who need to be heavily medicated and supervised speak this way.

  • Oh, and by the by– Last week, Trump held a rally here in my state, New Mexico. Because the man has the impulse control of an undisciplined toddler and paper thin skin, because Governor Susana Martinez opted not to attend, he laid into her.

    “Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. … She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her going. Come on — let’s go, governor,” he said last Tuesday.

    Trump also brought up Martinez allowing Syrian refugees to settle in New Mexico, saying, “Syrian refugees are being relocated in large numbers to New Mexico. If I was governor, that wouldn’t be happening.” Factcheck.org found that New Mexico has welcomed 10 Syrian refugees out of 4,421 processed in the U.S. since Martinez became governor in 2011.

    She’s a Republican, by the way. No “Reagan’s 11th Commandment” for Donald J Trumpery, no sirree. And as ever, Trump maintains his average of one lie every three minutes (or less).

    Now either Donald has calmed down from his adderal-and-cocaine binge or someone reminded him he might actually need New Mexico to vote for him in the general election. So NOW, Trump wants Martinez’s endorsement. As ever, he seems to think nobody remembers when he insults and debases them.

    “I’d like to have (her endorsement),” Trump told The Santa Fe New Mexican in a story posted late Thursday. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/03/politics/donald-trump-susana-martinez/

  • Let’s face it: Trump is trying to make Hispanic- and Latino-American equal to what Germany did for Jews in the 1920s and 30s. And yes, what the U.S. did before to Japanese Americans.

    However, it should also be obvious that Trump has only one standard: Support him and do whatever he demands, he says he likes and admires you. Oppose him in any way whatsoever or criticize him in the least, you are — by his childish and immature standards — the single worst human being on the entire planet. Here, Curiel hasn’t immediately dismissed Trump’s fraud case (which looks like it has major legs), so by Trump’s definition the man must be biased. That he’d stoop to blatantly racist claims comes as no surprise.

    The man is nuts. Completely barking mad.

  • Phil in FLL

    Trump went through a very brief period (maybe right around the Nevada Republican caucus) when he was trying to reign in his natural instinct to say horrible things about Mexican-Americans. Barely 20% of those Mexican-Americans might be Republican, and they gave Trump a little boost in Nevada by voting for Trump rather than Cruz. Now that the primaries are over, that was the very last useful thing that Trump can expect from Mexican-American voters or Hispanic voters, and he knows it. So under the bus they go.

    Trump no longer has any use for Mexican-American voters. Only 20% might vote Republican, and if about 3% of white voters for for third-party candidates, closer to z-e-r-o percent of Mexican-American voters will vote for third-party candidates. I don’t think any of that is lost on the Donald Trump Jill Stein supporters on Internet blogs. Pobrecitos, que lástima.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Melania loves it when Donald says Mexican names during sex. It feels so dirty.

  • goulo

    “Trump went out of his wife to say the judge’s full name,”

    What, was Trump making sweet, sweet Trump love to his wife, and then pulled out to say the judge’s full name?

    :)

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