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Donald Trump Tries To Discredit Judge By Calling Him A Mexican

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is currently in the middle of a class action lawsuit over Trump University, a non-accredited seminar service that allegedly defrauded countless of people. But rather than shy away from talking about it, Trump is addressing the lawsuit head on, and he’s using the presiding judge’s Latino heritage to discredit him in the process.


Meet Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Donald Trump’s latest target.

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Curiel is an Obama-appointed judge to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — one of the highest courts in the country. Before serving as a judge, Curiel made a name for himself by prosecuting Tijuana’s Arellano Felix Cartel. You know, the same people Donald Trump said were bringing drugs and crime into the United States. Curiel’s job was to fight them, which resulted in the cartel trying to assassinate him.

Curiel is also the judge in charge of Art Cohen v. Donald J. Trump, just one of three lawsuits associated with the defunct Trump University.


On Friday, while campaigning in San Diego, Trump told a rally that Curiel was a “hater.” He also said Curiel was a “Mexican.”

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“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine,” Trump told his audience. “You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when we give them all these jobs.”

Curiel was born in Indiana — which has been part of the United States since 1816 — to Mexican immigrant parents. It’s also worth pointing out that East Chicago, the Northeastern Indiana city where Curiel was born, is more than 1,400 miles from the Mexican border.


Despite being wrong about Curiel being Mexican, a Trump spokesperson doubled down on the comment during a CNN interview.

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“I think what’s really interesting about this particular judge — as Mr. Trump refers to him as a ‘Trump hater’ — is he even mentions on his judicial questionnaire that he was a La Raza Lawyers Association member,” Katrina Pierson told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “This is an organization that has been out there organizing these anti-Trump protesters with the Mexican flags. They are pushing it. The signs have been very apparent. And so Mr. Trump is just stating the obvious.”

Pierson’s response didn’t answer the original question: why bring up Judge Curiel’s ethnicity in the first place? To Camerota’s credit, she didn’t let the Trump spokesperson of the hook, forcing Pierson to dig herself into an even bigger hole.

“Well, it’s because of what we see outside of these rallies, these anti-Trump rallies, these criminal rallies, these criminal protesters out there defacing property and attacking police officers. They’re doing so under the guise of an anti-Trump protest, with their Mexican flags, and La Raza and this judge is connected to that,” Pierson said.

You’re not reading that wrong, a Trump spokesperson, quoting Donald Trump, just said that a Mexican-American federal judge is connected to criminals without providing anything remotely resembling a fact to back up this claim. That’d be like us saying that Donald Trump has ties to white supremacists. We are of course not saying that Donald Trump himself is a white supremacist; we’re just pointing out that it’s a verifiable fact that his campaign has ties to white supremacists.


READ: A White Supremacist Was Almost a Donald Trump Delegate

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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