I have never seen political correctness demonstrated so clearly as that shown by the GOP in their criticism of Donald Trump concerning his comments about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who is presiding over a case against Trump University.
Trump questioned whether Curiel can be fair to him, because he is of Mexican descent. Trump cited his own support for building a wall along the U.S. southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
In yesterday’s WASHINGTON TIMES, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, called Trump’s attacks on the judge ‘textbook’ racism!
First; there is no such thing as a Mexican race. Being “Mexican” means you are a citizen of Mexico or you have familial ties to Mexico.
Mexico is composed of 62 individual ethnic groups. The identity of these ethnic groups are not only officially recognized in the Mexican constitution, but are also granted autonomy and protection for their culture and languages.
I didn’t hear Trump attack the judge because he was a Nahuan, Mayan, Zapotecan, Mixtecan, Totonacan, or Purepechan. So exactly which ethnic or racial group does the brain trust of the GOP think Trump was attacking?
Calling Trump a racist because he called out a judge for being “Mexican” is like calling someone a racist for simply being an American (although I’m sure there are some liberals who believe both are one in the same)!
Secondly, we only need to recall the words of the “wise latina”, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to fully understand how she utilizes her own ethnicity and experiences at the Supreme Court to decide law:
In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”
In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Her remarks, at the annual Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, were not the only instance in which she has publicly described her view of judging in terms that could provoke sharp questioning in a confirmation hearing. SOURCE LINK
It seems Trump is right on point with questioning the impartiality of Judge Curiel given that the nations first female Hispanic Supreme Court justice employs ethnicity and her own personal “experiences” as a critical part of her judicial decision making process.
Furthermore, Judge Curiel’s ties to the racist organization La Raza clearly demonstrates he puts loyalty to race and ethnicity before the “Rule of Law”, which in turn validates Trump’s criticism of him.
Frankly, I think allowing one’s ethnicity or personal experiences to influence your role as an impartial arbiter of the law is destructive to the very foundation of the American judicial system BUT, I guess identity politics, and now identity justice, is okay as long as it is uber-leftists doing it.