Donald Trump recently implied that federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over two cases against Trump University, is “biased” because of his “Mexican heritage.”
Journalist Jake Tapper asked Trump if he thinks Curiel, who was born in Indiana, couldn’t do his job because of the judge’s “ethnicity.” Tapper then asked whether that was the very definition of racism.
Trump denied it was racist.
Trump has blasted Curiel for his appointment to the federal bench by Democrat Barack Obama, but it was Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who appointed Curiel to the San Diego County Superior Court.
The Hillary Clinton campaign used words from his fellow Republicans to blast Trump’s awful, racially tinged attacks.
Trump continues his push to become Barry Goldwater 2.0, threatening to make Republicans alienated from a substantial voting bloc for generations to come.
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.