Trump University Judge, Gonzalo Curiel, came under fire from Donald Trump on Friday, May 27, as the assumed Republican nominee went off on a tirade about the judge at his San Diego rally.
The tirade came just before Curiel ordered the release of “internal Trump University Documents,” which include instructions for employees of Trump University on how to market the establishments overpriced — and often useless — courses on making it rich in real estate, reported the Washington Post.
The Washington Post also quoted Donald Trump as saying the following.
“What happens is the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great. I think that’s fine. I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump.”
Now technically there really isn’t anything offensive about this quote — except for perhaps the fact that Trump felt it appropriate to bring Curiel’s ethnicity up at all, considering it’s not relevant — but it can definitely be taken as such considering the way Donald Trump has presented himself to the Hispanic community in the past months. He has generalized the people crossing the Mexican-American border — many of them victims of the violence taking place in Mexico — as rapists and criminals.
Back in February, the Latin Post reported Donald Trump as saying that the Trump University judge has a biased opinion of him because of his Mexican heritage, and that because of the rhetoric Donald Trump himself has been spreading about illegal immigration — as well as the propaganda about his wall that he wants to build between the United States and Mexico — that Curiel should bow out of any further litigation.
“The trial is going to take place sometime in November. There should be no trial. This should have been dismissed on summary judgment easily. 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. And he is not doing the right thing,” Donald Trump said of the Trump University judge during his rally, which can be seen in the first video by the Associated Press below.
Trump University, of which Donald Trump was the university chairman, has been called a scam by numerous outlets and political figures — as well as by many of the students that attended — and enrolled about 10,000 students between 2005-2011. In the second video below by CNN, you can even hear about one student who payed $25,000 to have access to what they thought would be quality teachers and resources. What they got though wasn’t at all what they were expecting, and from the looks of things it seems like this was more or less the norm.
The video by CNN also said that Trump’s lawyer was able to provide 14 different affidavits, which gave testimony from former students saying that they enjoyed going to Trump University.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 18, 2016
The Trump University judge will hear arguments from both sides in November, and Donald Trump is one of those set to testify, since according to Donald Trump himself, he doesn’t like to settle out of court. In fact, NPR reported the real estate mogul back in March saying as much.
“I don’t settle lawsuits — very rare — because once you settle lawsuits, everybody sues you — very simple.”
Donald Trump has settled out of court though, namely one case that NPR also noted, which took place in Baja, California, and concerned the construction of the “Trump Ocean Resort,” which NPR reported an investor as saying that he would have never gotten into business with Trump had he known it would have been more of a marketing scheme than anything else. The project was never completed, and investors lost millions of dollars.
The San Diego rally — where the comments about the Trump University judge were made — saw more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside of the event, and they were peaceful for most of the day, though later on police did arrest 35 people when the crowd refused to disperse, says Reuters.
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