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Today Donald Trump doubled (tripled? quadrupled?) down in attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel, even as more Republicans renounced Trump’s racist tirades. But Joe Scarborough notes that those same Republicans have already endorsed Trump, and Scott Lemieux reminds us that many of them used similar attacks during Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings. Also, Josh Marshall explores Trump’s history of cheating in business deals and Jim Rutenberg reports on Trump’s “hair on fire and keep it on fire” strategy to dominate the media. And Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) wrote this amazing open letter:
“Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass,” the Brownsville Democrat wrote in a lengthy missive to the real estate magnate.
“While you would build more and bigger walls on the U.S.-Mexico border, I would tear the existing wall to pieces,” Vela wrote. “Why any modern-thinking person would ever believe that building a wall along the border of a neighboring country, which is both our ally and one of our largest trading partners, is frankly astounding and asinine.”
“Before you dismiss me as just another ‘Mexican,’ let me point out that my great-great grandfather came to this country in 1857, well before your own grandfather,” he wrote. “His grandchildren (my grandfather and his brothers) all served our country in World War I and World War II. His great-grandson, my father, served in the U.S. Army and, coincidentally, was one of the first ‘Mexican’ federal judges ever appointed to the federal bench.”
“I will not presume to speak on behalf of every American of Mexican descent, for every undocumented worker born in Mexico who is contributing to our country every day or, for that matter, every decent citizen in Mexico,” he added.
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