Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge being attacked by Donald Trump as a 'hater,' a 'total disgrace,' 'biased,' and who 'happens to be … Mexican' – who is presiding over a class-action lawsuit against Trump University – is in fact a distinguished member of the nation’s judiciary and an exemplary public servant, born in Indiana.
According to National Memo, both as a federal judge and, before that as an assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of California, Judge Curiel has led the way in cracking down on drug cartels operating on the Mexican-American border. He’s even lived under tight security for fear of assassination. One of the most ferocious cartel leaders said in a bugged conversation he wanted him killed.
'The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine,' Donald Trump said, 'You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, OK?'
American political commentator Robert Reich shared on Facebook his opinion:
'While Judge Curiel is fighting drug cartels and sham universities, Donald Trump is fueling racism and hatred. Judge Curiel is one of America’s unsung heroes. Trump is one of America’s most over-discussed menaces. In my view, Trump should be held in contempt of court for attacking the nation’s independent judiciary.'
'This afternoon, Trump out-trumped Trump. He escalated his attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who’s presiding over a civil fraud lawsuit against Trump University -- questioning the judge’s impartiality in handling the case because his Mexican heritage is 'an inherent conflict of interest.' Curial has 'an absolute conflict' said Trump, due to his ethnic background, adding, 'I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest.' Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana, to Mexican parents.
In Trump’s twisted mind, the more bigoted he and his proposals are, the more likely that the targets of his bigotry will be unfairly biased against him. This is the circular logic of a paranoid.'
Gonzalo Paul Curiel is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana, to parents who had immigrated into the United States from Mexico.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979.
On November 10, 2011, President Obama nominated Curiel to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
In February 2014, Curiel certified Tarla Makaeff v. Trump University as a class action in California, Florida, and New York.