Readers React: Surprised by Donald Trump’s racism? Republicans shouldn’t be
To the editor: I find it amazing that the Republican establishment is upset with presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s statement about the ethnic background of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the jurist presiding over the Trump University fraud case. (“Top Republican congressional leaders denounce Donald Trump’s attacks on judge,” June 7)
Trump has been attacking people of color since he declared his candidacy. These same establishment Republicans refused to call him on his outrageous claims that the president of the United States is not an American.
Republicans created him, and they got what they asked for: a racist candidate.
Kathleen McIntyre, Santa Monica
Republican leaders and even some editorial boards have been waiting for a metamorphosis in him that never seems to occur. People gave him a break as a neophyte to politics.
Trump needs to understand that there is no side entrance to the presidency. The correct pathway demands behavior that is both respectful of our principles and the office.
For people who are bent on having a Republican president, not only do they have to hold their noses when they vote, but they must also cover their ears. What price victory is the question.
Phil Serpico, New York
How I’d love it if Curiel were replaced by a strong female judge who would throw the book at him.
Lorraine Knopf, Santa Monica
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