This is a mess!
There was a firestorm today against Trump.
Paul Ryan is running away from Trump along with all the other Republicans who live in fear of being called racist which is most of them. He said that Donald Trump’s recent statements about Judge Curiel were “textbook racism” at an address on poverty Tuesday though he added he still endorsed him.
Senator Mark Kirk, who is facing a tough re-election challenge in Illinois, withdrew his support and is going to write General Petraeus in. Lindsey Graham won’t support him either and will write in a candidate.
Graham said he doesn’t think Trump is racist but he played the race card.
Senator Flake said Trump’s comments could lead to a challenge at the upcoming convention, which is probably far-fetched. Marco Rubio won’t speak for Trump at the convention. Ted Cruz blasted him and won’t commit to supporting him. The list of Republicans joining Democrats in condemnation is very long.
In a statement, Trump said “It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent,” Trump said in the statement.
But Trump also said it is fair for him to question whether Curiel has a conflict of interest because of his Mexican roots and Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s campaign is trying to end this but, while in his statement he says his comments were misconstrued, he did repeat the same statements more than once and said the same thing about Muslims.
Trump needs to stop doing things that hurt the Republican Party.
The entire statement:
It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. 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.
Over the past few weeks, I have watched as the media has reported one inaccuracy after another concerning the ongoing litigation involving Trump University. There are several important facts the public should know and that the media has failed to report.
Throughout the litigation my attorneys have continually demonstrated that students who participated in Trump University were provided a substantive, valuable education based upon a curriculum developed by professors from Northwestern University, Columbia Business School, Stanford University and other respected institutions. And, the response from students was overwhelming. Over a five year period, more than 10,000 paying students filled out surveys giving the courses high marks and expressing their overwhelming satisfaction with Trump University’s programs. For example:
Former student Tarla Makaeff, the original plaintiff in the litigation, not only completed multiple surveys rating Trump University’s three-day seminar “excellent” in every category, but also praised Trump University’s mentorship program in a glowing 5 plus minute video testimonial. When asked “how could Trump University help to meet [her] goals”, she simply stated “[c]ontinue to offer great classes.” Once the plaintiffs’ lawyers realized how disastrous a witness she was, they asked to have her removed from the case. Over my lawyers’ objections, the judge granted the plaintiffs’ motion, but allowed the case to continue.
Art Cohen, a lead plaintiffs in the litigation, completed a survey in which he not only rated Trump University’s three-day seminar “excellent” in virtually every category, but went so far as to indicate that he would “attend another Trump University seminar” and even “recommend Trump University seminars to a friend.” When asked how Trump University could improve the seminar, Mr. Cohen’s only suggestion was to “[h]ave lunch sandwiches brought in” and make the lunch break 45 minutes.
Former student Bob Giullo, who has been critical of Trump University in numerous interviews and negative advertisements from my political opponents, also expressed his satisfaction, rating Trump University’s programs “excellent” in every category. When asked how Trump University could improve its programs, Mr. Giullo simply asked that students be provided “more comfortable chairs.”
Indeed, these are just a few of literally thousands of positive surveys, all of which can be viewed online at www.98percentapproval.com.
For those students who decided that Trump University’s programs were not for them, the company had a generous refund policy, offering a full refund to any student who asked for their money back within 3 days of signing up for a program or by the end of the first day of any multi-day program, whichever came later.
Normally, legal issues in a civil case would be heard in a neutral environment. However, given my unique circumstances as nominee of the Republican Party and the core issues of my campaign that focus on illegal immigration, jobs and unfair trade, I have concerns as to my ability to receive a fair trial.
I am fighting hard to bring jobs back to the United States. Many companies – like Ford, General Motors, Nabisco, Carrier – are moving production to Mexico. Drugs and illegal immigrants are also pouring across our border. This is bad for all Americans, regardless of their heritage.
Due to what I believe are unfair and mistaken rulings in this case and the Judge’s reported associations with certain professional organizations, questions were raised regarding the Obama appointed Judge’s impartiality. It is a fair question. I hope it is not the case.
While this lawsuit should have been dismissed, it is now scheduled for trial in November. I do not intend to comment on this matter any further. With all of the thousands of people who have given the courses such high marks and accolades, we will win this case!
Donald J. Trump
Republicans were asked about it all day and some responded more aggressively than others.
While Trump’s statements were in the least inartful, it’s hard to understand how Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton can make clearly racist statements and it’s excused. It’s at least debatable that Trump’s comments were racist.
Biden kicked off his 2007 White House run by condescending to his current running mate, saying that then-Sen. Barack Obama was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Biden falsely boasted that Delaware was a slave state to explain why he would remain competitive in southern primaries.
“You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state … my state is the 8th largest black population in the country,” he said.
Two journalists quoted Harry Reid as saying privately that Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
“He [Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ ” Halperin and Heilemann say.
Former US President Bill Clinton had taken a racial jibe at Barack Obama in 2008, saying “this guy would have been carrying our bags”, a report claimed on Monday.
Mr Clinton allegedly made the racially insensitive remark to Senator Ted Kennedy as he tried to convince the liberal to endorse his wife, Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama’s rival, for the Democratic nomination, according to The New Yorker.
The reported comment was similar to the one attributed to Mr Clinton in a 2010 book.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Mr Clinton was quoted as saying in Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.
Racism is sickening. It’s disgusting. However, I don’t believe Trump is a racist but I do believe Reid, Clinton, and Biden are.
Obama set out to destroy the Republican Party and he succeeded. He is the ultimate cause of all of this.
Judge Curiel is a hero. He stood up to drug cartels and put his life at risk. However, there is reason to believe he has been less than fair to Trump in the Trump University lawsuit.
The left does this all the time. They always blame whites and men because they’re white and men. No one cares. It would be nice to see outrage over that. Democrats have been playing identity politics for decades. Trump probably thought he could do the same thing.
Frankly, who cares about Trump University. Let’s talk about jobs and our awful economy or about the mess of a foreign affairs policy.
I won’t vote for a racist but I’m not at all convinced Trump is. What do you think?