Ethnicity of Judge Matters As Tribalism and Left’s Past Comes Home to Roost. An important issue has been raised by Trump’s complaint about the Mexican background of the judge who will hear a case about Trump University.
Trump: Judge Comments ‘Misconstrued as Categorical Attack’ on All Mexican Ethnicity, by Bridget Johnson.
In a May 27 speech in San Diego, Trump slammed Judge Gonzalo Curiel… “The trial is going to take place sometime in November. There should be no trial. This should have been dismissed on summary judgment easily,” Trump said during the rally. “Everybody says it, but I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel.”
“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine. You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, OK?”
Curiel, who has delayed the start of the Trump trial until after the election in November, was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrant parents. Trump continued to bring up Curiel’s Mexican heritage in interviews, insisting on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night, “I don’t care about the Mexican. But we are being treated unfairly.” …
Trump told CNN last week, “He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.” On Sunday, Trump said that “yes… would be possible, absolutely” that he would perceive a Muslim judge to be biased against him.
“I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial,” Trump said in the statement released this afternoon by his campaign.
If the US was a coherent, non-tribal nation state then Trump’s complaint would be racist and inappropriate. The GOP establishment, living in the past and not realizing the implications of their country’s drift into tribalism, sees it this way: Paul Ryan rips Donald Trump remarks as ‘textbook definition of a racist comment’, by Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju:
House Speaker Paul Ryan ripped Donald Trump’s recent remarks saying a judge presiding over a lawsuit involving his business was biased because of his Mexican heritage as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” …
“I disavow those comments,” Ryan said. Pressed on whether he regretted his own endorsement of Trump that came last week, Ryan added, “I regret those comments he made.”
“It’s absolutely unacceptable,” Ryan said. But he stood by by his support for the controversial business mogul. “Do I think Hillary Clinton is the answer? No I do not.”
Likewise the politically correct and the Left generally are in outrage.
But the politically correct have been making complaints such as Trumps’ for years. The hypocrisy of the politically correct and cuckservatives like Ryan is palpable. For instance, here is the lead PC organ, the New York Times, in 2009: A Judge’s View of Judging Is on the Record by Charlie Savage:
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. …
Might the Mexican heritage of judge in Trump’s case be important to the judge? Well yes, strongly enough for him to be part of an openly racist organization: Judge, law firm bringing Trump U case both tied to La Raza, by Jerome Corsi:
The federal judge presiding over the Trump University class action lawsuit is a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, a group that while not a branch of the National Council of La Raza, has ties to the controversial organization, which translates literally “The Race.” …At the 2014 San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association event at which Curiel served as a panel member, one of the recipients of a $1,500 scholarship, Ricardo Elorza, boast about being an illegal immigrant.
In a coherent and non-tribal state, complaining of a judge’s background would be out of bounds. But the USA, after 50 years of PC encouragement of tribalism for anyone but whites, and large scale non-white immigration, is no longer that kind of state. The USA is now a multi-ethnic state, a polygot nation. The “we” in “we the people” has changed.
Trump has had the temerity and consistency to apply politically correct standards for himself, for (gasp!) a white male. Trump is challenging the PC elites to recognize that whites are a tribe like all the others, capable of being victimized for their ethnicity.
This is of course blasphemous in the extreme because it would undo decades of training whites to defer to their demands, so the PC (including fools like Paul Ryan) are reaching deep into their rhetorical bag of smears and denunciations: racist, sexist, unacceptable, pro-white. Maximum outrage. Trump’s role in countering PC is admirable.
Tribalism is new to the US, and it’s intuitions are not necessarily equipped for handling it. Politics will change too, because tribalism tends to trump other concerns.