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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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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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