Former “Celebrity Apprentice” star Omarosa Onee Manigault struck back this Tuesday against charges from liberals and establishment Republicans alike that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s criticisms of Mexican-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel were rooted in racism.
“I know him personally, and he certainly is not a racist,” she told Fox News. “He doesn’t have issues with people of color, and I think it’s important to note that he will not become the poster child for race in this country.”
She added that Trump’s frustration with Judge Curiel, who was presiding over two class-action lawsuits against Trump University, stemmed from his perception that he was being treated unfairly.
“The point is that Trump wanted a fair trial and he deserves that, and that’s what our country guarantees and our justice system,” she said.
Granted, Trump did mention Curiel’s ethnicity while criticizing him during an event in San Diego in late May, saying, “He’s a hater — the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great.”
However, the billionaire candidate then listed the reasons for why he felt Curiel might be biased. Some of those reasons were later debunked, but nowhere in his speech did he ever say something along the lines of, “Curiel is a bad person because he’s Mexican.”
Right or wrong, Trump felt like Curel was being unfair to him, and on that day several weeks ago, he merely expressed that frustration to the audience. Nothing more, nothing less.
He also pointed out that the judge was appointed by President Barack Obama and ought to recuse himself from the case.
Does any of that sound racist?
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