By Tom Quiner
Race determines how a judge decides a case.
This is Donald Trump’s assertion. He accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased in his handling of a lawsuit against Trump over which he presides.
Trump suggests that because Judge Curiel is of Mexican descent, he is biased against Trump. The thinking goes something like this. Pay attention closely:
- Trump is for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
- Therefore, an Indiana-born judge with Mexican heritage is automatically against Trump.
- But … and here’s where it gets good … American voters of Mexican-descent, with the exception of Judge Curiel, really like Trump and will flock to the voting booths and vote for The Donald.
Simply put, Trump suggests that race determines how judges decide cases.
Republicans and Trump apologists (not necessarily the same group) alike have castigated Trump for these racist remarks.
Interestingly, Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor holds the same view as Trump. No one in the media made a peep when she proudly proclaimed this racist position during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Said Judge Sotomayor:
“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.”
In other words, race matters. It is everything.
To make sure we understood that she meant what she said, she doubled down (much like Trump):
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences … our gender and national origins may and WILL (emphasis added) make a difference in our judging.”
In other words, justice is not blind, it is determined by gender and “national origins,” not law, much as Trump asserts, and that’s okay in Sotomayor’s worldview.
The Constitution is not the issue, it is race and gender that should determine law. Quiner’s Diner strongly disagrees and finds her philosophy dangerous and repugnant. But in light of Sotomayor’s assertions, you can at least understand why Trump believes as he does.