It looks like Jeff Lord got Donald Trump’s marching orders about going after Judge Gonzalo Curiel with a full frontal assault.
However, nothing in Jeff’s 1,500-word piece alters the fact that Donald Trump called Judge Curiel “a Mexican” (he was born in Indiana) and that his Mexican heritage was “an inherent conflict of interest” with regard to the case against Trump University. Describing Judge Curiel in this manner serves only one purpose. To inflame hatred and contempt for Mexicans and Latinos. Donald Trump’s ceaseless attacks against Judge Curiel’s heritage are a willful promotion of such hatred and contempt.
The key word here is Trump’s use of the word “inherent” which is defined in Merriam-Webster as “belonging to the basic nature of someone or something.” So according to Trump, Gonzalo Curiel’s education and experience on the bench have no bearing in the case before him. Trump deems Curiel unqualified to hear the case because of his Mexican parentage or the mistaken belief that he was born in Mexico. Simply put, Trump is judging Curiel by the color of his skin, not the content of his character. Let me put it even more simply. Trump’s conduct in this manner is racist.
I do not use the word racist lightly. But there is simply no other proper way to characterize Trump’s behavior in this matter. If Trump thinks that Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage is an inherent conflict because of his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border then it is not unreasonable to conclude that if Trump were to be elected President that he would not appoint men and women of Mexican and Latino heritage to the federal bench.
It would seem that the only people who dislike Judge Curiel are Donald Trump and the Mexican drug cartels that wanted to kill him. The only thing that differs Trump from the Mexican drug cartels is that Trump seeks to assassinate Judge Curiel’s character. Jeff has fired his round of shots and promises there will be more to come.