Trump U judge's La Raza group boycotting Trump
|Judge Gonzalo Curiel|
“The Hispanic National Bar Association represents the interests of nearly 54 million Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, which is approximately 17% of the U.S. population,” read a statement signed by Cynthia D. Mares, HNBA national president.
“By his recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump’s disrespect of such a large segment of the population of America is not only unbelievable, but outright wrong,” Mares’ statement continued. “His comment that Mexico only sends rapists and criminals to the United States reveals a racist nature that cannot and will not go unnoticed by the Hispanic National Bar Association nor the Latino community.”
Those who seek our highest public office should attempt to engage all Americans, not divide us. His comments are clearly divisive and racist and do nothing to promote equality and justice for all. Trump’s statements reveal a bias that all Americans should reject and respond to accordingly. We cannot stand silent and allow Trump to promote such racist and discriminatory behavior. This is the time for all Americans to take a stand against his insensitive, offensive and untrue statements.
The HNBA calls for a boycott of all of Trump business ventures, including golf courses, hotels, and restaurants. We salute NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s for ending their association with Trump, and we join them in standing up against bigotry and racist rhetoric. Other businesses and corporations should follow the lead of NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s and take similar actions against Donald Trump’s business interests. We can and will make a difference.Curiel, in his “Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees” on file with the Senate Judiciary Committee, declared he is a lifetime member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
WND reported Monday night that both Curiel and the San Diego-based law firm leading the class action suit against Trump University, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, are tied to La Raza by their association with the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association.
WND also reported the San Diego firm paid $675,000 to the Clintons for speeches, and the firm’s founder is a wealthy San Diego lawyer who served a two-year sentence in federal prison for his role in a kickback scheme to mobilize plaintiffs for class-action lawsuits.
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The website of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is joint-listed as the San Diego Latino/Latina Bar Association.
On the “endorsements” page, the website lists the National Council of La Raza as part of the “community,” along with the Hispanic National Bar Association, a group that originated as the La Raza National Lawyers Association and the La Raza National Bar Association in 1971.