Paul Ryan Doesn’t Understand the Definition of ‘Racism’

When the highly educated Speaker of the House doesn’t understand “racism,” you can understand why the majority of Americans don’t understand “racism.”

Rep. Paul Ryan described Donald Trump’s impolitic comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel as “racism.” In fact, Ryan called it “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” Trump called the judge a “Mexican.” How is that racist? I suspect that Trump believed that Judge Curiel, because of some of his associations (see below), was moral loyal to Mexico than the United States:

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Here’s a textbook definition of racism:

“The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”

What race are Mexicans? Hispanics are generally considered to be Caucasians. So how is it possible for one Caucasian to be a racist toward another Caucasian? Ethnicity is not the same as race.

Trump did not denounce Judge Gonzalo Curiel because as someone of Mexican heritage he possesses “characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”

Racism is an overused word that no longer holds any relevant meaning. Check out the site for evidence. The racism charge is most often used as a club when no real argument can be made for or against a position.

It is Trump’s contention that Judge Curiel’s affiliations as a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and past remarks on illegal immigration would taint a case regarding Trump University. La Raza is Spanish for “The Race.”

Here’s what we know:

  • The attorney group leading the lawsuit against Trump is heavily involved in Democrat politics and has paid Bill and Hillary Clinton $675,000 for “speeches.” (Link)
  • The Judge in the lawsuit is an open borders immigration activist with direct ties to San Diego La Raza, and has openly engaged with them on their political endeavors. (Link) and (Link) including scholarships for illegal aliens.
  • The Trump lawsuit relies (in part) on testimony from a former disgruntled employee of the Trump Organization who went to work for notorious #NeverTrump activist Glenn Beck. (Link)
  • The Judge then “accidentally” releases court records which provide the media with the names, locations, and contact information of the plaintiffs and witnesses in the case, which fuels the media narrative. (Link)
  • After the “mistaken” release, Judge Curiel reseals the court records. (Link)
  • The Judge is a member of an ethnic legal group, HNBA [Hispanic National Bar Association], whose specific and publicly expressed intentions are to target Donald Trump’s business interests. (Link) (Source)

One of Trump’s problems is that he does not often explain why he says what he says. He assumes his audience understands the point he is trying to make.

Once again, the Republican Establishment was quick to go on its never-ending apology tour instead of backing Trump by pointing out the La Raza connection and arguing that Judge Curiel may be more loyal to Mexican interests than those of the United States.

And why do we need a Hispanic National Bar Association? I wonder if there’s a United States National Bar Association in Mexico.


Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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