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Biden blasts Trump’s ‘racist’ attack on federal judge

Vice President Biden on Thursday evening blasted Donald Trump’s “reprehensible” attacks on a federal judge, offering the Obama administration’s strongest remarks yet against the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s controversial remarks.
 
Biden warned in a speech at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington, D.C., Thursday that Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel represent a threat to an independent judiciary and that Trump cannot be trusted to respect such an institution. 
 
{mosads}”I find Donald Trump’s conduct in this regard reprehensible, evidenced by the bipartisan condemnation of the action for what it is: a dangerous attack on a vital pillar of democracy, the independent judiciary, by threats of intimidation and undercutting the legitimacy of a judge by suggesting that because of his heritage he is incapable of being fair,” Biden said. 
 
“In addition to this, it is racist. But it’s not the racism that frightens me. We’ve dealt with racists before. It’s the potential impact on the court.”
 
Trump has been under heavy fire for saying that Curiel should recuse himself from Trump University cases because his Mexican heritage makes him inherently biased against Trump. The real estate mogul has called immigrants from Mexico “criminals” and “rapists,” and a major policy platform is building a wall along the southern border.
 
Biden said the impartiality of the courts is a “precious, precious, precious commodity that in our separation of powers the court cannot afford to have undermined.”
 
Biden said he didn’t believe that the framers of the Constitution could foresee the presumptive nominee of a major political party personally attacking a federal judge or accusing the judge of being incapable of being fair because of his ethnicity. 
 
The vice president said that while private citizens have been known to attempt to intimidate the judiciary, “It’s quite another thing for the presumptive candidate of a major party to do the same thing,” referring to the GOP as “one of our great political parties.”
 
Biden said the businessman “cannot be trusted to respect the independence of the judiciary as a president,” and that based on Trump’s own remarks, he would defy the courts if they ruled against him, “not just in a business case but in a case challenging government abuse of power.”
 
Biden said Trump “either doesn’t understand because this isn’t a realm where he’s dealt before or he doesn’t care,” adding, “this kind of conduct is pernicious and unprecedented.”
 
The vice president has stayed relatively quiet about Trump compared to other top Democrats. President Obama has gone after the businessman repeatedly and plans to campaign with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton starting next week, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also ripped Trump in a speech that preceded Biden’s.
 
Trump attempted to quell controversy over his attacks on the judge early this week but has faced an onslaught of attacks from Democrats as well as top Republicans supporting his candidacy who have slammed his comments, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also denouncing them as racist.
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