Reprinted from Other Words
This year's freakish presidential election has now devolved into an ethnic brouhaha between two foreigners: A Mexican and a German.
The "Mexican" is Gonzalo Curiel, a U.S. federal judge who was born, raised, and educated in Indiana. The "German" is Donald Drumpf -- also known as Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president.
Drumpf has two fraud cases against him in Judge Curiel's court, leading the GOP standard bearer to become unhinged over the idea that a "foreigner" would be allowed to pass judgment on an upstanding American citizen like him.
"He's a Mexican," The Donald has complained about the jurist -- who happens to be a full-blooded American citizen.
By Drumpf's standards, though, not even he himself can claim pure-blooded Americano heritage -- only Native Americans can claim that, and even they immigrated from afar centuries ago. In fact, The Donald's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf, immigrated to the United States from Kallstadt, Germany about 120 years ago -- and Anglicized his name from Drumpf to Trump.
Still, the GOP's racist and nativist flag bearer insists that an American with Mexican genes should be disqualified from overseeing the fraud suits against Trump University. The judge would inherently be biased, Trump claims, against the candidate who's promised to "build a wall" between the United States and Mexico.
So, does his screwy claim that one's background trumps one's commitment to fairness also mean that a Muslim judge should be disqualified from any trial of Trump's wrongdoings, since he's promised to ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the United States?
"Absolutely," says the GOP's presidential wannabe.
Finally, it's time to say the obvious: Donald is not just plainspoken, nor is he merely trying to get media coverage. He's deranged and openly racist, and a manic threat to anyone he dislikes -- which is everyone not named Trump -- or Drumpf.