While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is being accused of racism for making comments about the ethnicity of the judge who is hearing the lawsuit against Trump University, it appears a current U.S. Supreme Court Justice agrees with Trump’s position that gender and race do make a difference in judge’s decisions.
When Current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2001, she cited race as a significant influence on judicial perspectives.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” she said then.
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences … our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging,” Sotomayor continued.
Diversity among judges “will have an effect on the development of the law and on judging,” she said, adding at one point, “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives” and that “personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointed out the vast difference in reactions to Sotomayor’s race related comments versus Trump’s statements about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s inability to be fair in the Trump university case because he is “Mexican.”
“I think that you don’t have any more trouble with what Trump said than when Sotomayor said that — when she was found saying in speeches that, quote, ‘a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male,’” said Grassley, who has said he did not support Trump’s comments about Curiel. “I don’t hear any criticism of that sort of comment by a justice of the Supreme Court.”
Fox News co-host Eric Bolling also noted the inconsistency in reactions to the comments.
“She’s basically saying her heritage will determine how she will find cases, not the merits of the case, but what her experiences are,” he said. “So if you have a problem with Trump saying it, you should have a problem with Sotomayor saying it.”
h/t: The Daily Caller