Trump, the ‘Mexican’ Judge and Wise Latinas
Why is it so offensive when Donald Trump equates ethnicity with judicial bias but it’s fine when Sonia Sotomayor does?
Why indeed? Follow-through:
In a speech given at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Oct. 26, 2001) on the effect of gender and ethnicity on judging, the future Supreme Court justice spoke about the influence her Latina identity had on her presence on the bench.
Her remarks were far more diplomatic than Mr. Trump’s, but she reached virtually the same conclusion.
Some examples from the speech: “Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.” . . . “Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.” . . . “But I accept there will be some [difference] based on my gender and my Latina heritage.”
Finally, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
So do not oppose Trump to at least one Obama appointee, at least not on this point.