Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been coming unglued ever since revelations about his phony “university” have gone public. Trump’s main strategy so far has been to attack the judge presiding over the case for being biased against him due to his “Mexican” heritage. Top Republicans from around the country have been almost universal in condemning Trump’s attacks on Curiel’s heritage, but the candidate has responded by quintupling down on his racist attacks.
In an article posted at The American Spectator, top Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord tore into Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for not standing up for Trump and against the “real” racist in this case: Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
Lord’s case that Curiel is a racist hinges on his membership of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which is an organization dedicated to “the cause of equality, empowerment and justice for Latino attorneys.” This association isn’t any different from other ethnic lawyers associations such as the National Italian American Bar Association, the Irish American Bar Association, or the The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, but Lord seems to think it’s all a big conspiracy to bring white people down a notch.
“Can you imagine the uproar if the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had belonged to a ‘white attorneys association?'” Lord asks rhetorically, without noting that Scalia was actually a keynote speaker at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) first international legal conference. The NIAF, in case you were wondering, is an organization that is “dedicated to promoting the contributions of Italian Americans.”
But this isn’t even the craziest part. No, the craziest part is that Lord believes Trump is the true victim of racism and that McConnell and Ryan are race-baiting white people by not coming to his defense.
“In a blink Ryan and McConnell have shown exactly why Donald Trump has blown away the Republican Establishment in the GOP primary season,” Lord thunders. “The GOP Establishment has lay (sic) down with the flea-infected mangy old political dog of racism — a left wing dependable from the days when Democratic Party co-founders Jefferson and Jackson allied the new-born party with slave owners.”
It seems clear now that the Trump campaign’s response to charges of racism will be to rely on the precedent set by the time-old case of Rubber V. Glue. Whether the voting public finds this logic compelling is another matter entirely.