Republican nominee Donald Trump erupted for a racist rant against the American-born judge in the Trump University case and destroyed any chance that the GOP had of passing him off as anything less than a deranged, self-serving, racist.
Video of Trump’s 12-minute rant against the judge:
I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel. He is not doing the right thing. And I figure, what the hell? Why not talk about it for two minutes?
We’re in front of a very hostile judge. The judge was appointed by Barack Obama, federal judge. Frankly, he should recuse himself because he’s given us ruling after ruling after ruling, negative, negative, negative.
What happens is the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great. I think that’s fine.
I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I’m telling you, this court system, judges in this court system, federal court; they ought to look into Judge Curiel. Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace, OK? But we’ll come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I’m president and I come back to do a civil case? Where everybody likes it. OK. This is called life, folks.
The judge was born in Indiana, not Mexico. Consider for a moment that Republicans want voters to believe that this man, who seems to base judicial competence on whether not rulings are issued that favor him, is the person who the Republican Party wants voters to believe has the judgment needed to appoint Supreme Court justices.
Trump’s rant that he said would take two minutes kept going on for 12 long spiteful minutes. The fact that Donald Trump is petty is not news. The decision by Trump to use his platform as the Republican nominee for such a self-serving purpose should give voters across the country pause.
Donald Trump destroyed any hope that the Republican Party had of selling him as presidential. Criticizing individual judges while also insinuating that there is a conspiracy against him is flat out crazy.
Republicans have put a deranged racist in charge of their party, and frankly, whatever the consequences of their decision may be, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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