So read the unbelievable headline in the Nation/World section of the Quad City Times today citing an Associated Press story! While tons of Republican leaders have disassociated themselves from, and even called racist, Donald Trump’s remarks about District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s inability to be impartial in the law suit against Trump “University” because of his Mexican heritage, our very senior senator from Iowa, Chuck Grassley, has defended him.
How? Well, of course, by pointing out that current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor once said that it was her belief 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.” Now, in his defense of Donald Trump, Grassley has observed, “I didn’t hear any criticism of that sort of comment by a justice of the Supreme Court.” No, I guess not.
Lost on Grassley was the context in which Sotomayor made that claim and the world of difference between someone of a particular ethnic heritage saying something about its significance and a rich, white male making assumptions about an Indiana-born American “with Mexican heritage.” This is not only apples and oranges; it is apricots and orangutans!
So, while Iowans have likely lost the opportunity to oust this pitiful old man from the United States Senate by defeating the young, progressive Cedar Rapids legislator Rob Hogg and choosing instead former state Sec. of Agriculture, former Lieutenant Governor and yesterday’s news Patty Judge, I will support her enthusiastically in her fall campaign against Grassley.
Perhaps other Iowans will wish to join me. If for no other reason than today’s headline: Grassley defends Trump!