Donald Trump is prone to saying some seriously bone-headed things. While I have cheered from time to time when he calls-out political correctness, I have cringed many-a-time as well witnessing his frequent nonsense.
Admittedly, when I first heard Trump’s remarks concerning the Hispanic judge overseeing his Trump University lawsuit, I rolled my eyes at what I presumed to be yet another #TrumperTantrum.
However, it seems that I (as well as many others) had jumped to judgment too quickly.
Trump is embroiled in a scandal concerning Trump University, a shady program that promised people that in exchange for hefty sums of money, they would receive top-notch real estate training personally approved by The Donald himself.
In reality, the scam was little more than a few words of wisdom from detached middlemen and frequent bait-and-switch tactics that cost people tens-of-thousands of dollars.
Though he has praised the judge’s abilities in the past, Trump recently blasted U.S. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the case, as being biased against him because he’s “Mexican.”
Naturally, many are calling Trump a racist, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.
It sounds like Trump just went off the rails, doesn’t it? I would be inclined to agree and similarly condemn this racism if it weren’t for one fact:
Judge Curiel belongs to a group of legal experts who have pledged to engage in a vendetta against Trump and his business interests over the candidate’s position on illegal immigration.
Curiel is reportedly a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, a group affiliated with the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Last summer, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) released a statement declaring that they intended to target Trump and his business interests by encouraging a boycott due to Trump’s position that we should apply the rule of law to remedy our illegal immigration problem.
The statement declares:
“By his recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump’s disrespect of such a large segment of the population of America is not only unbelievable but outright wrong. His comment that Mexico only sends rapists and criminals to the United States reveals a racist nature that cannot and will not go unnoticed by the Hispanic National Bar Association nor the Latino community.”
“The HNBA calls for a boycott of all of Trump business ventures, including golf courses, hotels, and restaurants. We salute NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s for ending their association with Trump, and we join them in standing up against bigotry and racist rhetoric. Other businesses and corporations should follow the lead of NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s and take similar actions against Donald Trump’s business interests. We can and will make a difference.”
To be fully accurate: Trump lent his name and brand to a shady scam that bilked people out of hard-earned money and he should be held legally liable.
However, Trump’s assertion that the judge cannot be impartial as he is of Mexican descent is not exactly inaccurate when the judge belongs to a group of Hispanic legal professionals who have committed to boycotting Trump. Though Judge Curiel does not seem to have committed any overt acts that would demand recusal, he does belong to an organization that has pledged a vendetta against Trump concerning his comments on illegal immigration.
Trump may be wrong about many, many things and he very well may be shockingly inarticulate at times, but his comments are far from “racist.” They’re clumsily accurate.