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Trump Decides to Talk About Judge Curiel Again


Remember six hours ago when Donald Trump said he wouldn’t comment any further on Judge Gonzalo Curiel and the Trump University lawsuit? Well … he’s talking about him again:

Trump admitted to host Sean Hannity he does not care about the judge’s nationality, a significant walkback from comments made over the past few days that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not oversee his case because of his Mexican ethnicity, even though he was born in the U.S.

Trump Backs Down on Criticizing Judge


Trump-CurielAfter days of attacks on the judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit, the presumptive GOP nominee has announced that he is done making comments on the case. Donald Trump’s recent criticism of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel created a significant backlash from conservative pundits, legal commentators, and elected GOP officeholders.

On Tuesday, Sen. Mark Kirk (R–IL) retracted his endorsement of Trump, while Sen. Jeff Flake (R–AZ) stated that the attacks on Curiel could spur a challenge to his nomination at the GOP Convention. RNC chairman Reince Preibus privately told Trump to back off his attacks on the judge. In response to the controversy, Trump released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

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. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.

Trump Unhinged: Senseless Attacks on Sitting Judges Do Not a President Make


Trump-CurielIt seems in some sense pointless to say anything more against Donald Trump’s venomous personal attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who has the unenviable task of presiding over a law suit that calls into question the moral probity, intellectual rigor, and economic soundness of Trump University. Ironically, for all his talk about Curiel as “hater,” he has yet to ask Curiel to recuse himself from the case, knowing full well that a vicious personal assault is better than a groundless legal motion.

Before Trump began his ugly tirade against Judge Curiel, I was prepared to have an open mind about the merits of a law suit about which I knew, and continue to know, absolutely nothing. But now that Trump has decided to double-down on these scurrilous attacks, the easiest thing to do is to presume that a man who can so badly misbehave in public matters is likely to engage in the same dubious practices in his private business dealings. If Trump thinks that he has found a new way to run a presidential campaign, it speaks poorly to his own personal integrity and political judgment. His behavior against Curiel is the kind of onslaught that makes him unfit to govern. The entire episode is a nonstop travesty and should be condemned as such.

The situation is only worse because Trump, it appears, has decided to double-down on his offensive strategy in the face of huge amounts of criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, including key leaders in the Republican Party who have had to eat more than a modest amount of humble pie in order to remain loyal to the party. But his coarse speech that treats the merits of this case as self-evident shows that he has become a caricature of himself, willing to engage in the worst form of pyrotechnics in support of a vain and inglorious cause. He has become unhinged and perhaps delusional.

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