Monday, June 6, 2016

Trump Lays Down Ethnicity Marker on Judges. Would He Nominate a Mexican or Muslim Judge?

Donald Trump makes plain that he doesn't think he could get justice from Mexican or Muslim judges. How could he nominate one?

In Donald's world, race and ethnicity are determinate factors
for judges' qualifications. How else can we read it?

One of a U.S. president's most consequential powers is the appointment of judges, including the Supreme Court. Now Trump has openly stated he can't trust Mexican or Muslim judges. Since judging judges by race or ethnicity is patently unconstitutional, isn't that a truly disqualifying position he's taking?

I've always looked askance at statements that a candidate is "disqualified from office because..." However, in this case it's hard not to take such a position with Donald Trump.

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin has long been both illegal under federal law and considered unconstitutional. Donald Trump's open defiance of these norms -- when as president he'd be bound by them -- is truly a disqualifying act.

The only way to "disqualify" him is at the ballot box. Let's hope the American citizens take that to heart and do their duty.

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