“Take that order and throw it the hell out,” Trump bellows in response to campaign memo asking surrogates to stop talking about the lawsuit
Donald Trump is continuing to maintain his attacks on Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge overseeing one of two Trump University lawsuits pending against the GOP presidential nominee.
A few days removed from a controversial interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, where the combative New York businessman exclaimed that Judge Curiel, an American born in Indiana whose parents emigrated from Mexico in the 1920s, could not possibly be objective in the class action lawsuit brought against him because “He’s a Mexican” and “I’m building a wall,” Trump allegedly urgently rallied his most visible supporters to defend his racist attacks on Curiel’s Mexican ancestry during a conference call Monday.
As first reported by Bloomberg Politics, Trump said during the call “We will overcome,” according to two supporters on the call speaking on the condition of anonymity.
“I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is.”
It isn’t clear exactly what “winning” in this situation actually means, other than simply continuing to not apologize for overt racism, but according to the witnesses former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer – a key player in national Republican politics – interrupted the discussion to inform Trump that his own campaign had allegedly sent a memo asking surrogates to stop talking about the lawsuit in an effort to pivot the media’s attention away from the controversial comments.
Trump exploded irately, immediately overriding it and demanding to know who was responsible for its draft/distribution.
“Take that order and throw it the hell out,” Trump said.
“Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?,” Trump continued, “That’s one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren’t so smart.”
Ignoring the reality that it takes a minuscule level of intelligence to string together a sentence that closes with an oxymoron of “getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren’t so smart,” the emailed memo was sent by Erica Freeman, a staffer who circulates information to surrogates within the GOP since Trump all but locked up the nomination, and also copied campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, among other high-level Trump Campaign staff.
It informed surrogates within the party that “they’re not authorized to discuss matters concerning the Trump Organization including corporate news such as the Trump University case.”
“The best possible response is ‘the case will be tried in the courtroom in front of a jury – not in the media,'” reads the email obtained by Bloomberg Politics.
It has been a tumultuous five weeks for Trump since he became the presumptive GOP nominee following his decisive victory in Indiana’s primary. He has refused to release his tax returns, telling a reporter that his income rate was “none of your business,” he has been exposed undervaluing property in New York State, old allegations about his “fundraiser” for veterans resurfaced after questions of where the money was donated, and audio of him using a pseudonym to act as his own publicist in the 90s was uncovered.
The most inflammatory of them all, however, has been his handling of Trump University, in particular the case in California regarding Curiel. Speaking to Tapper, Trump defended his real-estate program by saying Curiel has an inherent conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage and Trump’s infamous border wall with Mexico.
“If you are saying he cannot do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?,” Tapper asked persistently.
“No, I don’t think so at all. I’m building a wall. He’s a Mexican,” Trump responded.
Trump was immediately criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for this blatantly racist attack.
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