Donald Trump is defending his criticisms of the judge overseeing a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University.
The hopeful GOP presidential nominee has been criticized for focusing on Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage in his attacks.
But Trump says he’s not being racist.
“He’s proud of his heritage, okay? I’m building a wall! Now I think I’m going to do very well with Hispanics. You know why I’m going to do well with Hispanics? Because I’m going to bring back jobs. And they’re going to get jobs right now. They’re going to get jobs. I think I’m going to do very well with Hispanics. But, we’re building a wall. He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is he is giving us very unfair rulings. Rulings that people can’t even believe. This case should have ended years ago on summary judgment. The best lawyers — I have spoken to so many lawyers. They said this is not a case, this is a case that should have ended. This judge is giving us unfair rulings. Now I say why? Well, I’m building a wall, okay? And it’s a wall between Mexico … not another country … “
When told by a reporter that Judge Curiel was not from Mexico, but rather Indiana (which is in the United States, kind sir), Trump replied, “He’s Mexican heritage, and he’s very proud of it!”
Judge Curiel recently ruled that the so-called ‘playbooks’ for Trump University be released to the public, saying there is interest in them due to Trump’s political aspirations.