Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Wednesday questioned the uproar over Donald Trump's comments about a Hispanic federal judge versus the silence about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's frequent statement about a "wise Latina" being more effective in deciding cases.
"I think that you don't have any more trouble with what Trump said than when Sotomayor said that — when she was found saying in speeches that, 'A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male,'" the Iowa Republican told told reporters in a conference. "I don't see any criticism of that sort of comment by a justice of the Supreme Court."
Grassley's comments were reported by The Des Moines Register.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has attacked U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage as he oversees the civil fraud case in San Diego involving the now-defunct Trump University.
Curiel's role in the case presents an "inherent conflict of interest" and an "absolute conflict," Trump says.
Grassley disavowed the remarks to the reporters and said that he would not have made such statements, the Register reports. He also declined to back away from his support for Trump.
According to the Register, here is what Sotomayor — nominated to the high court in 2009 by President Barack Obama — has said in several speeches: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
In a 2001 speech
at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, she added, "than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
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