Hoosier Democrats came out in support of a judge with Hoosier roots who’s come under attack from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Trump, who has made comments critical of Mexicans and touted his plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, said Curiel is upset with Trump’s policies toward Mexico and shouldn't oversee the Trump University case.
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody lashed out against Trump’s comments
Monday morning, but he also criticized Indiana Republicans for failing to come to Curiel’s defense. While Trump has received some criticism from Republicans nationally, Zody said the Indiana contingent has remained quiet.
Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel
“We’re here to publicly call out the Indiana Republican Party and its candidates and elected officials for turning a blind eye and not sticking to the morals we know as Hoosiers,” Zody said. “We’re asking Republicans to put politics aside and join us in an effort to protect the well-being of Indiana and everyone who calls themselves a Hoosier by condemning these remarks against a Hoosier.”
Zody called for Hoosier Republicans, naming Gov. Mike Pence and Rep. Todd Young and others, to condemn Trump’s remarks.
“Hoosier Republicans should be held accountable for their blind support of their presumptive nominee,” Zody. “We’re not really talking about politics. We’re talking about the Golden Rule and how we treat one another.”
“The silence is deafening, and it should be a wakeup call for Hoosiers,” Zody said. “We’re hearing nothing from our Hoosier elected officials.As the article notes, several national Republicans have condemned Trump's comments, including Newt Gingrich who on Sunday said the comment was "inexcusable. Gingrich said the "judge is not a Mexican. He's an American." Trump responded to Gingrich who is supposedly on the Trump Vice-President short list scolding the former Speaker's public criticism of his comment as "inappropriate."
As I have pointed out on this blog, the biggest obstacle to Governor Pence's re-election is figuring out how to handle "The Donald" problem. If the Democrats in this state are smart, they are going to continually link Pence to Trump and demand he denounce the GOP presidential nominee. However, if Pence distances himself from Trump, he could alienate his own base, including most prominently Tea Party people. But on the other hand if Pence doesn't distance himself from Trump he is likely to be tarnish his image with conservatives.