Paul Ryan Doesn’t Know What Racism Is
In a statement that reeked of crony capitalistic go along to get along with, the powers that be-ism, House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially called Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump a racist when he said Trump’s comments about Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel were a “textbook example of racism”.
No, Mr. Speaker, they weren’t.
Racism is the belief that someone is physically less intelligent or less moral because they are of a certain race; this is not what Trump said. What he said was, “he’s Mexican, and I want to build a wall [on the Mexican border].” In conjunction with this comment Trump also said repeatedly that Judge Curiel issued rulings that did not go along with the weight of the evidence in the Trump University case, and there’s a credible argument the case should’ve been dismissed on summary judgment. Trump also pointed out Curiel’s connections to La Raza and the Clintons, making a credible argument that Curiel is keeping the case alive to embarrass Trump in the presidential election campaign.
When taken in context, Trump’s comment about Curiel’s ethnicity was not meant to say that Curiel is stupid, incompetent, or hopelessly corrupt because he’s Hispanic, but rather to say that he has the appearance of impropriety when ruling on this particular case. As further evidence in Trump’s favor on this point, it is widely known that Judge Curiel is very supportive of non-violent illegal aliens from Mexico receiving asylum in the United States along with the full range of benefits from the welfare state – positions Trump is adamantly opposed to.
I seriously doubt Donald Trump would say “he’s Mexican and I want to build a wall” about a Hispanic judge who was not a member of La Raza, and who did not want to give all illegal immigrants citizenship to boost the Democratic Party’s membership rolls.
As an aside, I’m getting sick of the race baiting and intimidation by Democrats of anyone they don’t agree with by threatening to call them racists. Anyone who calls people racists when it isn’t true should be sued for defamation, and the law should be changed to allow a rebuttable presumption of actual malice for a racism accusation (this would help famous private sector people – the so-called ‘public figures’ – to win defamation suits and keep their reputations intact).
Democrats, knock it off. And Speaker Ryan, shame on you. I generally admire you and believe you’re one of the most intelligent people in Washington, but as a Republican you know what it feels like when they unjustly pile on you, so you should know better than to pile on yourself- particularly against someone on your side.