Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE, while campaigning in San Diego, devoted a large chunk of his speech to a lawsuit against Trump University and called out the California federal judge presiding over the case.
"The trial is going to take place sometime in November. There should be no trial. This should have been dismissed on summary judgment easily," Trump said. "Everybody says it, but I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel. And he is not doing the right thing, and I figure what the hell, why not talk about it for two minutes."
Curiel recently set a late November trial date for the case, and Trump is set to testify.
At the rally, Trump said he believes Curiel is "Mexican," and noted his appointment by President Obama, claiming that Curiel has been "very hostile" toward him.
“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine,” Trump said. “You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, OK?”
Curiel was born in Indiana to immigrant parents, according to a Federal Bar Association profile, and worked for several years as a criminal prosecutor on narcotics cases.
“I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself,” Trump said. “I’m telling you, this court system, judges in this court system, federal court, they ought to look into Judge Curiel. Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace, OK? But we’ll come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I’m president and I come back to do a civil case? Where everybody likes it. OK. This is called life, folks.”
The civil lawsuit, one of several against Trump University, claims the real estate business program that cost some up to $35,000 was a scam.
"I’m getting railroaded by a legal system that frankly, they should be ashamed," Trump said. "I could have settled this case numerous times but I don’t want to settle cases when we’re right. I don’t believe in it and when you start settling cases you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler."
This isn't the first time Trump has speculated that Curiel is biased against him, saying in February that the judge is "hostile" toward Trump because of his proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Curiel is set to make a decision soon on whether or not grant a Washington Post motion to unseal documents from the case, Fox 5 San Diego reported. A lawyer for the Post said that the parties have agreed to release 1,000 pages of documents, but more than 150 pages of the Trump University "playbook" are still under dispute.