Donald Trump finds Justice Scalia’s race comments beyond the pale

December 13, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4A1EE

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York, October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump weighed in on Sunday against Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s comments on affirmative action in university admissions.

The conservative justice suggested during a hearing last week that some blacks and Hispanics are not strong enough candidates to be admitted purely on academic criteria and might be better off attending “slower-track” schools where they can prosper.

“I thought his remarks were very, very tough. I think they were  very, very tough to the African American community actually. I don’t like what he said, no,” Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

Trump said he had “great” friendships with African Americans and was surprised at Scalia’s comments. He also took a swipe at President Barack Obama, saying he has done “very little” for the African American community.

If elected president in 2016, Trump would have the responsibility of nominating justices to the highest U.S. court.

Black communities may not see that as a great thing.

The billionaire businessman, who is leading the 2016 Republican presidential contest, has come under fire for tweeting what critics called racially charged statistics about black murder rates and for saying a black protester at one of his political rallies deserved to be “roughed up.”

Trump held a meeting last month with a group of black pastors despite objections from other African-American clergy and academics over what they called Trump’s racially charged rhetoric. Trump’s campaign had said the group would formally endorse him, but later proceeded only with the private meeting.

In an open letter before that meeting, 114 black religious leaders and academics criticized clergy members for failing, they said, to challenge him over his controversial statements.

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This is one and only one time that I agree with Donald Trump. Justice Scalia shows time and again that he is a bigot and a racist and that he has no idea how smart many black Americans are. He obviously lives in a bubble of his own making.

Posted by Vilavicki | Report as abusive

I know we’re supposed to scoff and sneer at Trump like we were supposed to with George W. Bush, but I haven’t managed to so far. He’d probably be a disaster for the environment, but even there I´m not entirely sure..

Posted by Lepetit | Report as abusive

Vilavicki, your comment is a classic example of how the Left uses the words “bigot” and “racist” for anyone who does not support their liberal ideology. I think you will have a real hard time with the forthcoming reality of President Trump.

Posted by Lowell_Thinks | Report as abusive

Lowell wrote “your comment is a classic example of how the Left uses the words “bigot” and “racist” for anyone who does not support their liberal ideology.”

Incorrect, Lowell. Liberal ideology is based on the concept of equal rights and anyone who does not support equal rights for other races or populations (the gay, the disabled, women, etc) is, by definition a racist or bigot.

It is not bigotry to call out bigotry or racism to expose racism.

Liberal ideology for several centuries has promoted the concept of equal rights, opposed slavery, the oppression of women, etc. If you do not support this liberal ideology, you support the reactionary concepts of inequality based on race, gender, religion, etc.

Tolerance of intolerance is destructive of human rights. Tolerance of bigotry is complicity with tolerance. Those who oppose the liberal tenant that all are created equal and deserve equal rights are rightly called out as bigots.

In fact, we have a duty to call out opposition to the liberal concept of equality. As the founder of conservativism said “All that is required for evil triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Just as the current form of racism is to call those who call out racism the “real racists,” the current form of deny others equal rights calls those who expose them bigots.

This is the social psychology of denial (I am not a racist)/ projection( you are).

Classical liberalism is a political ideology and a branch of liberalism which advocates civil liberties and political freedom with representative democracy under the rule of law If you disagree with civil liberties and political freedom, you ARE a bigot.

Posted by ruffsoft | Report as abusive