Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made headlines for months claiming that the GOP primary process was a rigged game favoring establishment insiders.
This week, a discovery about the federal judge overseeing two of three big lawsuits against Trump and the defunct real estate training program that bore his name has the billionaire’s supporters claiming the legal system has been rigged against him, too.
And whatever the real story is behind the now-defunct “Trump University” and its practices, the news about Judge Gonzalo Curiel should raise flags for anyone — especially when the disposition of the lawsuit could make a real difference in the election of the next American president.
Curiel was appointed to the federal bench in 2012 by President Barack Obama, the same president who elevated Sonia “the wise Latina” Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. U.S. District Court Judge Curiel is also a noted member of a Hispanic advocacy group called “La Raza Lawyers of San Diego” — an activist organization that recently awarded a law school scholarship to an illegal alien, according to the Daily Caller.
Of course, federal judges have to be appointed by the president, and it’s not Curiel’s fault that president happens to be Barack Obama (about 69 million misguided Americans who voted for Obama the first time can be blamed for that). And as an American citizen born in Indiana, the California jurist has a right to be a member of any group he damn well pleases.
But for a judge with such a public profile opposing Trump’s stand on illegal immigration to be presiding over a major legal case with the potential power to damage Trump’s campaign has to raise questions.
And there appears to be little doubt about where Curiel stands on illegal immigration — he seems to have no problem with it. He was on the La Raza Lawyers of San Diego’s selection committee that chose to award an illegal immigrant with a scholarship.
Trump and his legal team say Curiel should step aside from the Trump University case.
“We’re in front of a very hostile judge,” Trump told a campaign rally in San Diego last week. “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.”
Curiel’s “La Raza Lawyers of San Diego” tried to downplay its political side in a statement to the Daily Caller on Wednesday.
“Our organization has not been involved in organizing any of the anti-Trump rallies, much less encouraged our members or anyone to participate in any illegal activity,” the statement said. “We help empower Latino attorneys, judges and law students, and provide services to the greater local Latino community.”
Leave aside the obvious untruth here (since giving a scholarship to an illegal alien doesn’t just “promote” illegal activity, it pays for it). The idea that Donald Trump can get a fair shake from an activist judge with a current membership in a legal group that supports illegal immigration is more than a little hard to believe.
But as Trump noted, this judge was appointed by Barack Obama, a president whose disdain for law, the United States Constitution and the judiciary showed through when he used a snarling State of the Union address to attack the Supreme Court itself back in 2010. And his ends-justifies-the-means approach has only gotten clearer with every day, and every executive order, since.
That means it’s not just hard to believe for a lot of people that Trump will get a fair shake in court. It’s impossible.
Check out some of these social media comments.
Every freaking aspect is Corrupt-> Judge Presiding Over Trump U Case Is Member Of La Raza https://t.co/CBEqJpnE4p via @dailycaller— Joseph DiLuca (@joeinthejeep) June 2, 2016
Shocked @seanhannity! Left wing activist judges legislating from the bench! https://t.co/mUCkYNBLHw#hannity— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) June 2, 2016
Well Whadda Ya Know..Judge Presiding Over Trump U Case Is Member Of ANTI AMERICAN👉 La Raza Lawyers Grphttps://t.co/DrIwV7ZP1a#TrumpU
— Colleen (@col_nj) June 2, 2016
Exasperated with the White House? How about Americans who elected the guy who lives there?@col_nj@AppSame.Seems cronyism & crapitalism equals judicial inaptitude & malpractice! Should we not be exasperated with this White HOUSE?— Gary A. Anderson (@AGary8) June 2, 2016