Donald Trump doesn’t believe a judge with Mexican heritage should oversee the case of his now-sealed “Trump University.”
The GOP front-runner defended his claim Friday, when repeatedly pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper on whether he was invoking racism by claiming Judge Gonzalo Curiel was unqualified solely based on his heritage.
Trump continued to emphasize he will build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border and try to “keep business out of Mexico” as justification for his critical statements against Curiel — a man who was born in Indiana, fought against the Mexican drug cartels during his time as a federal prosecutor and was appointed as judge by a Republican.
“Let me ask you about comments you made about the judge in the Trump University case. You said that you thought it was a conflict of interest that he was the judge because he is of Mexican heritage, even though he is from Indiana,” Tapper said. “If you are saying he cannot do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?”
To which Trump replied: “No, no, I don’t think so at all.”
And that’s not all. He expanded his prejudice to other communities as well, claiming he “absolutely” would not get a fair trial from a Muslim judge, either.
The media mogul’s bullying towards Curiel has grown nastier ever since the justice ordered the release of internal documents related to class-action lawsuit against Trump University.
The hundreds of files revealed scripts that the business school’s salespeople used to extort customers into paying as much as $35,000 after enrollment.
As Trump continues with his denouncement of Curiel, Latin legal experts are calling out the presumptive GOP nominee for trying to deflect the real issue and make the justice look unqualified.
“To attack a judge, not on the basis of his ability or his scholarship or reputation but to fall on ethnicity or race or gender is totally unacceptable,” Charlie Gonzalez, a former state district court judge, said. “In this country, it should not be tolerated or dismissed as the words of someone frustrated and that has maybe the feeling that they have neither the facts nor the law on their side.”