Top conservative publications have joined the chorus of condemnation of Donald Trump for his accusations against Judge Gonzalo Curiel that his Mexican-American heritage has influenced his opinion because of Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
A Wall Street Journal editorial
calls on Trump to apologize to the judge.
The paper pointed out that "Trump is attacking Judge Curiel in a personal business case [against Trump University], not a political one, and as a candidate for President we think he should be above this kind of pettiness."
But what makes matters even worse for The Wall Street Journal is Trump's betrayal of conservative principles.
"The suit against Trump University is a classic civil fraud case that has nothing to do with ethnicity … Apart from his racist implications, Mr. Trump is also indulging in the left's habit of attributing the motivations of everyone and everything to race, class, gender and sexual orientation."
What makes Trump's statements so reprehensible, the paper argues, is his equation of ethnicity with bias, that "a judge can be disqualified from a case merely for his personal background, rather than for any material conflict of interest."
was no less damning in its criticism of Trump, saying that if his argument was accepted, it would mean "the effective end of the Anglo-Saxon legal tradition" and the notion of the impartial rule of law, since, by this line of thinking, "There's really no such thing as reason; there are only inescapable tribal prejudices."
The editorial went on to bash Trump's perceived lack of principles or intellect, saying "Trump has not thought through the implications of his cheap slander, and few of his supporters will, either. But they'll accept it, because that's what cults do."
It argued that "The problem with Donald Trump … is that his personal beefs become the ideological framework for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans."
Trump's comments have already been condemned by leading Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
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