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Trump Backs Down, Vows to Cease Comment on “Mexican” Judge

Donald Trump made a rare show of the white flag Tuesday, vowing to stop commenting on the Trump University case and, by implication, ending his criticism of the judge in the case and references to the judge’s Mexican heritage.

Trump said in a statement released by his campaign this afternoon:

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.

Nevertheless, Trump did not apologize, nor did he express regret.

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.

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.

Trump needed to stanch the bleeding, which he did. But the damage is done. He needs at least some enthusiasm from the establishment of the Party, which is going to run the effort get out the vote and other technical operations that he needs, since his campaign is too disorganized to do it. He has harmed an alliance he needs to build with people he rightfully ran against, and hurt his standing with voters on the fence about backing him.

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10 Responses to Trump Backs Down, Vows to Cease Comment on “Mexican” Judge

  1. Trump is right to question this Judge’s impartiality. He needs to learn how to phrase his remarks to satisfy the media and still drive the point home.
    In other words – hoist the media by their own petard.

  2. The judge’s support for Hillary should have had him recusing himself. Trump called him out for the wrong reason, but the judge should have been reported and asked to step down.

  3. The only mistake Trump made with this Judge is calling him ‘Mexican’. Not all Mexicans are affiliated with LaRaza – a racist, ‘anti-gringo’, group of illegal immigration activists.
    Yes, this Judge is an ‘American’ by birth but it doesn’t mean he is against illegal immigration and wouldn’t show prejudice against Trump.
    He should recuse himself!

    As a native Angeleno, I can vouch for the fact that LaRaza single-handedly destroyed my city when they slowly began to infiltrate local govt. several decades ago. Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor, was one of the original activists going back 40 yrs. Now the city is teeming with them. The result is self-evident.

    BTW, the Castro twins from Texas are the sons of a staunch LaRaza activist.
    For years, Lou Dobbs preached against this group.
    Today, illegal immigration is akin to sainthood with these Progressives. We will never return to being a Nation of laws.
    Btw, Hillary is on record for being anti-illegal immigration during the Clinton years. My, how things have changed!

    • Agree. My one and only “contact” with La Raza occured in Del Rio, Texas in the late 1960’s. Del Rio is a border town there. I was a PIO stationed at Laughlin AFB there and one day the commanding officer got a call from local police. They wanted to brief him on an upcoming La Raza march scheduled in Del Rio. He asked me to go along with him to the meeting. Neither one of us had ever heard of La Raza.

      There were 50 plus people at the meeting, including local police, state police, Texas Rangers, sheriff’s department personnel, FBI agents, some military police from the base, etc. The long and short of it is that police had picked up intelligence that La Raza was coming to raise hell in Del Rio that weekend. They planned to march down the main street, break store windows, burn buildings, pick fights and generally make their presence known. It looked like there would be about 200 La Raza “protestors”. I can’t even remember now what they were protesting.

      After the briefing, the law enforcement people assembled in a large court yard, along with about 100 other officers, and began arming themselves with everything from shotguns to sniper rifles, gas masks, the whole nine yards. My boss asked if there were enough law enforcement people to take care of business. One Texas Ranger replied there were another 300 law enforcement people just outside of town waiting for the call to come in and help if needed.

      Somehow, the word got to the La Raza organizers that their little protest would be welcomed to town by a no nonsense, armed force ready to do business if needed.

      La Raza never showed up. They ran like little chickens from their little protest. It would have been called the Battle of Del Rio, I suppose, had they showed up.

      • My first encounter with LaRaza was decades ago at UCLA when Antonio Villaraigosa, a campus anarchist member of LaRaza, and his fellow cohorts destroyed the faculty lounge.

        To this day, none of us know how he was able to get into UCLA since he was an “F” student and was expelled from his HS.