An organization that brings together attorneys of Latino parentage has called for boycotting all of Donald Trump’s properties, including golf courses, in response to comments the group says are racist.
When Trump questioned the fairness of U.S. Circuit Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is hearing a case involving Trump University, a fire-storm of controversy ensued. CBS News host John Dickerson pressed Trump as to what Curiel’s parentage had to do with him not ruling in Trump’s favor in the case. "He is a member of a club or society, very strongly pro-Mexican, which is all fine," Trump said on Face the Nation. Referring to his stated immigration policy, Trump said "But I say, he's got bias. I want to build a wall."
Progressives, Democrats, and Republicans denounced Trump and called upon him to apologize. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Trump’s remarks were “racist” and “indefensible.”
Yesterday, Trump released a statement that he would no longer have any comment on the matter. Even so, he questioned the independence of Judge Curiel and pointed out his various affiliations. Among the organizations to which the judge belongs are the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
On the same day that Trump issued his statement about Judge Curiel, the Hispanic National Bar Association
(HNBA) issued a call on corporations to join it in boycotting Trump’s properties, including his restaurants and golf courses.
“The HNBA calls for a boycott of all of Trump business ventures, including golf courses, hotels, and restaurants. We salute NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy's for ending their association with Trump, and we join them in standing up against bigotry and racist rhetoric. Other businesses and corporations should follow the lead of NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy's and take similar actions against Donald Trump's business interests. We can and will make a difference.”
The organization said in a statement directed at Trump that it “represents the interests of 54 million Hispanics/Latinos in the United States,” which is approximately 17% of the U.S. population. It said, “…Donald Trump's disrespect of such a large segment of the population of America is not only unbelievable, but outright wrong. His comment that Mexico only sends rapists and criminals to the United States reveals a racist nature that cannot and will not go unnoticed…”
Several years ago, Curiel told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings that he is a member of the HNBA. He is also reportedly a member of La Raza Lawyers Association. In the 1980s, Curiel’s life was threatened by the Arrellano Felix narcotics cartel of Mexico. For several years, Curiel was under 24-hour guard by federal marshals and lived on U.S. military installations for his own safety. A former prosecutor, he was first named to the bench by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar (R) and to the federal court by President Barack Obama.
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