Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested June 5 that Muslims could not be trusted as judges (video below).
During an interview on "Face The Nation," Trump was being questioned about a class action lawsuit against his now-defunct Trump University; Trump has been critical of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is ruling on the case. Trump has brought up Curiel's Mexican heritage several times, even though Curiel was born in Indiana.
Keeping along that line, Trump was asked on the political TV show: "If it was a Muslim judge would you also feel like they wouldn't be able to treat you fairly because of that policy of yours?"
"It's possible, yes," Trump replied. "It would be possible, absolutely."
Trump was asked if there was a tradition in America that people are not judged by their parents and where they came from.
"I'm talking about common sense, OK?" Trump answered. "He's proud of his heritage and I think that' s great he's proud of his heritage."
Trump went on to say that Curiel was not treating him fairly.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on June 3, Trump said that Curiel's Mexican heritage was in "absolute conflict" with the Trump University case, in which several students believe they were ripped off for thousands of dollars for mostly useless information.
"I’m building a wall [between the U.S.-Mexico]," Trump said. "It’s an inherent conflict of interest."
In May, Trump released a list of eleven people whom he would consider for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia, because the Republican Congress refuses to give President Obama's nominee a hearing or a vote; their reasons are unknown.
Think Progress noted that Trump consulted with some very conservative organizations like Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society before making his picks, which include federal judges and state supreme court justices, all of whom are white.