Update, June 9, 12:30 pm:

Guess whom David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is now attacking for opposing Donald Trump's racist assault on Judge Curie: The Jews, of course - who else?

This only goes to show that the genie of hatred cannot be kept in the anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, anti immigrant bottle for very long, but is bound to spread out into attacks against other ethnic groups as well, including this one which has been the object of so much hatred and discrimination in America in the past.

This is why we need to stop hate and bigotry at the source, no matter what form it might take or what garb it might masquerade under - including but not limited to the pretext of enforcing the immigration laws.


Update, June 6, 2:28 pm:

Other leading Republicans who are decidedly unhappy with Trump's assertion that judges of Latino ancestry or Muslim religion would be inherently biased against him because of his immigration proposals include TV anchor Joe Scarborough, Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R. Utah), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). See POLITICO: June 6,

Trump has Republicans squirming with 'Mexican' judge attacks


See also Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb), who called Trump's comments "the literal definition of 'racism'".


My original post follows:

In my June 3 ilw.com post dealing with Donald Trump's attack against US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel based on the judge's Mexican ancestry, I suggested that, based on the same logic he has used against Judge Curiel, Trump might just as well claim that a Muslim judge would be unqualified to sit in a case involving Trump personally.

It evidently did not take long for Trump to validate my prediction. POLITICO now reports that, in addition to continuing his attacks on Judge Curiel as being allegedly biased against him because of the Judge's "Mexican heritage" (as well as accusing the Judge of belonging to a "pro Mexican" organization that it in fact only a bar association for Latino attorneys), Trump is now claiming that a Muslim judge might also be biased against him.

POLITICO reports as follows:

"Quizzed by CBS's John Dickerson that aired Sunday on 'Face the Nation', Trump said he'd have similar concerns [over bias] about a Muslim judge.

'It's possible, yes, Yeah. That would be possible absolutely," he said."

Dickerson, who seems to know what America means and what kind of country we are much better than the man who could very possibly be our next president, then responded, according to the POLITICO story

"Isn't there a tradition though in America that we don't judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?"

To which Trump answered:

"I'm not talking about tradition. I'm talking about common sense, OK?"

The "tradition" that Trump doesn't want to talk about happens to be the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion and the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law.

For the POLITICO story, see:


According to the Washington Post, Trump's comments about Mexican and Muslim judges have drawn strong condemnation from several of his fellow Republican spokespersons and current or former elected officials. Here are some extracts from the Post's article:

"Republican strategist Brian Walsh, a former spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, [tweeted] 'I don't care if he's the nominee. Republicans should loudly condemn this racist, nonsensical rhetoric by Trump'....

...Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) responded to Trump's latest comments with a strongly worded statement to The Washington Post:

'His comments are offensive and he should retract them'...

The Post's story continues:

"Republican leaders including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who both support Trump, have criticized these statements...

Former speaker
Newt Gingrich, another Trump booster, also criticized him on 'Fox News Sunday.'

'This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made, and I think it's inexcusable...If a liberal were to attack Justice Clarence Thomas on the grounds that he's black, we would all go crazy."


Washington Post: GOP worries rise amid hostile Trump comments on Latinos and Muslims
(June 5)

(Sorry - I do not have the link. Please go to www.washingtonpost.com)

It is worth noting that not as many of Trump's fellow Republicans criticized Trump when his attacks were focused on Mexican and Muslim immigrants. But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee seems determined to prove that when the rights of immigrants come under assault on the basis of ethnicity or religion, the rights of minority American citizens are also put in danger.

Trump's above comments about judges being unqualified to sit in certain cases based on their ethnicity also raise serious questions about what would happen to the Constitutional principle of separation of powers, and to our democracy, if Trump were to become the next president.

This question will be explored further in a future post. In the meantime, a few questions are worth considering:

1) How many minority judges would be appointed to the federal bench in a Trump administration? Would Trump refuse to make any minority appointments on the grounds that any such judges might be "biased" against him or opposed to his immigration policies by reason of their ancestry or religion?

2) Would minority applicants be considered for federal agency employment on an equal basis with white ones, as is now the case, or would they be refused on the grounds of being "biased" against Trump or his immigration policies on the grounds of their race or religion?

3) Would the above question apply especially to minority applicants seeking employment with immigration-related agencies such as the Department of Home;and Security, the Department of Labor or the Department of State?

Would President Trump order his aides to go through lists of federal employees looking for Latino and Muslim names to add to his "enemies" list, as Richard Nixon reportedly did in the case of Jewish federal employees shortly before he was forced to resign?
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School with more than 35 years experience helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com