Every mature, intelligent person in this country knows that the judge in the Trump University case, United States District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, could very well be biased against Donald Trump, the one man who has the testicular fortitude to declare that he will build a wall on the Mexican border. Judge Curiel is of Mexican heritage.
There is, by the way, a law already on the books calling for building such a wall (Secure Fence Acts, 2006 and 2008), but establishment politicians in both parties have no interest in doing so.
The “righteous indignation” Republicans Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich are displaying over the fact that Trump asserted Curiel is biased (because of his heritage), does not impress those of us who tend to agree with Trump.
Lou Dobbs of Fox Business News, in a recent interview with Gingrich, read from a list of ethnic organizations in which Judge Curiel holds membership. All are activist Spanish-heritage groups. Dobbs also pointed out a possible conflict of interest in the case. One of the attorneys in the law firm appointed by Curiel to represent the plaintiffs has contributed money to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for President.*
When Lou Dobbs made the case that Trump could have reason for concern, given the judge’s associations and conflicts of interest, Gingrich brushed him off responding that Trump’s spotlighting of Curiel’s heritage “in a negative way” was “dumb.”
First, pointing out a judge’s heritage when that heritage probably leads to bias, especially against Trump because of Trump’s commitment to build a wall on the Mexican border, would seem neither negative nor dumb. Second, Trump’s concern that this judge is an activist, as are so many ethnic legal professionals, is not racist. It’s not at all unreasonable to think that Curiel wants to officiate this particular lawsuit, as a strike at Donald Trump, the wall-builder.
We, Trump’s supporters, know that Ryan’s and Gingrich’s major concern is not so much that there is probable bias, but rather that Trump was so politically incorrect as to have called an ethnic judge on his bias, especially an Hispanic one. This pandering attitude among the political elite is what irritates so many Americans and particularly the Republican base.
It is true, as Gingrich explained, Trump’s lawyers could call for the judge’s removal through the appropriate legal channels. That tactic, however, would be advisable only if the judge were Caucasian. The very thought of calling an ethnic judge on his probable bias is not something non-ethnic attorneys are eager to do, given the racialist climate in this country. They would be skewered and the case tried in the court of leftist public opinion rather than in a courtroom.
Sadly, a suffocating racialism permeates our society, stifling any attempts at fairness for any except ethnics and special interest groups. We must eradicate racialism, and a good start is by calling it out for what it is, poisonous.
Arguing further, Gingrich told Lou Dobbs that if Trump wants them (the status quo types) to support him, he has to “grow up” and inform them of what he’s going to say before he says it. That is, if he doesn’t want them openly opposing him, as they are currently doing with this law-suit incident (mind you, they could oppose him privately). To all who can clearly see what is happening in today’s political landscape, these old-guard politicians are beginning to sound comical. Trump has to “grow up,” really, because he doesn’t do political speak well enough to suit Gingrich and Ryan?
Gingrich makes what I consider the establishment case that Trump, because he is the Republican nominee, is beholden to the “party way” of doing things. Yes, he must run on their ticket, but they are sorely mistaken if they think they run the show. It seems obvious to the astute observer the establishment needs Trump much more than he needs them. I’m sure it’s heartening to pretend that you still hold a winning hand when in fact you are about to fold. It sounds a bit pathetic when Ryan speaks of his “agenda” that he’s sure Trump will put into law. That young man has much to learn.
Besides Paul Ryan, every Republican political operative in this nation must get it through their heads that they are no longer the “big dogs” on the block. Donald Trump and his team, on behalf of American patriots, will execute this “revolution” their way. And whatever the outcome (which many of us think will be victory), at the end of it all, failed players like Paul Ryan (and Gingrich if he doesn’t wise up) will be left by the roadside, as roadkill.
Understandably, Trump will have to give prepared, teleprompter speeches as his campaign progresses and as President, but I hope he never loses his courage to speak genuinely what he thinks. My hope is also that he is starting a new paradigm wherein those who criticize him for speaking his mind will be relegated to the fringes of society. I think Americans are ready for that new day. I certainly am.
* Read more at http://spectator.org/rigged-the-trial-of-trump-university/, “Rigged: The Trial of Trump University,” article by Jeffrey Lord.
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