Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel because he’s “Mexican.” In fact, Curiel is an American, and both of his parents became American citizens. Perhaps the billionaire candidate is concerned over being judged for his scam-like university that bore his name before it was shut down.
“He is a member of a club or society, very strongly pro-Mexican, which is all fine,” Trump told John Dickerson on “Face the Nation” in an interview that will air Sunday. “But I say he’s got bias. I want to build a wall. I’m going to build a wall. I’m doing very well with the Latinos, with the Hispanics, with the Mexicans, I’m doing very well with them in my opinion.”
Dickerson asked Trump whether a Muslim judge would be acceptable to him, but the GOP front-runner basically said no.
‘Later, when asked if he believed a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly because of another controversial proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the U.S., Trump replied: “It’s possible, yes. Yeah. That would be possible, absolutely.”‘
“Isn’t there sort of a tradition though in America that we don’t judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?” Dickerson asked the GOP front-runner.
“I’m not talking about tradition,” Trump said. “I’m talking about common sense, okay? He’s somebody, he’s proud of his heritage. And I think that’s great that he’s proud of his heritage.”
When questioned on whether he would instruct his lawyers to ask that Judge Curiel get thrown out of the Trump University case, Trump said, “Well, I may do that now–We’re finding things out now that we didn’t know before.”
“Because of his Mexican heritage though?” Dickerson pressed.
“No, but because of other things,” Trump responded. “I mean because of other things.”
“You know, we have to stop being so politically correct in this country,” Trump said later. “And we need a little more common sense, John. And I’m not blaming. I’m proud of my heritage, we’re all proud of our heritage. But I want to build a wall. Now, the Hispanics, many of them like what I’m saying. They’re here legally. They don’t want people coming and taking their jobs and taking their house and everything else. They don’t want that.”
Later, Trump was asked which of Paul Ryan’s policy ideas he found most appealing.
“He’s most appealing,” Trump replied. “He’s a good man. He wants good things for the country. We will agree on many things. We’re not going to agree on all things. But we’re going to agree on many things.”
When the host pressed him for an example, Trump pointed to Ryan’s focus on poverty.
“He wants to take people out of poverty. So do I. And we’re going to come up with a plan,” the presumptive GOP nominee said.
Trump “University,” for the record, focused on financially insecure applicants. Ronald Schnackenberg, a sales manager for the school, recalled how he was reprimanded for not pushing a cash-strapped couple hard enough to sign up for a $35,000 real estate class, even though he believed that it would endanger their economic future.
Schnackenberg watched in disgust as one of his colleagues persuaded the couple to purchase the class anyway.
“I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme,” Mr. Schnackenberg wrote in his testimony, “and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”
We mention that since Trump brought up his desire to help the poor, when his university actually preyed on people who were struggling to make ends meet.