Monday, June 13, 2016

IVC Commencment speaker Chemerinsky attacks Trump in OC Register


Last week, Erwin Chemerinsky penned an opinion piece for the OC Register which will no doubt inspire many letters to the editor. Titled Trump's misguided, dangerous rhetoric, here is an excerpt:
"Donald Trump’s racist attack on the federal judge who is hearing a case involving Trump University reveals a profound misunderstanding of the judicial system. It again shows a stunning lack of understanding of the Constitution.
I have avoided in these pages or elsewhere discussing Trump, or any of the candidates. I confine myself to discussing issues of law, my area of competence. But Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric directed at U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel reveals a great deal about Trump’s views concerning the law and the courts....
...There are no excuses for what Trump said. It is an attack on Judge Curiel solely because of his race. Given chances to offer an explanation or an apology, Trump repeated the same racist comments. It is very frightening to imagine Donald Trump as president."
To read the rest, click here.


A few weeks ago, in his commencement address at IVC, Chemerinksy was more oblique in his criticism:
"I never have seen the degree of meanness from presidential candidates that has been evident this year. I do not mean this as a partisan statement or an attack on the candidates of one party or of any particular candidate. But I never have seen a political campaign with the nastiness of this one. To pick one example, one candidate, in a tweet wrote, naming a particular media figure that she 'is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.'"
Chemerinsky didn't have to identify the candidate.  It was obvious.

Trumps feels up flag. 

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To read the letters to the editor directed to Chemerinsky's piece, click here.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

He was one of the best commencement speakers we ever had.

Anonymous said...

Do you remember when the OC GOP tried to get Chemerinsky removed from his UCI post?

Anonymous said...

How will Trump's policies to ban Muslim immigrants affect our international students? What will the college do? Who is in charge of dealing with this?

Rebel Girl said...

Good question 5:55 - but I don't know if anyone has an answer yet. I did find this tidbit from Inside Higher Ed:

"Nearly one million international students came to U.S. colleges and universities in 2014-15, according to a report published by the Institute of International Education. The report does not include data on international students’ religious affiliations, but more than 100,000 of those students hailed from the Middle East and North Africa regions."

Check out the article "Trump Calls for Ban on Muslims Entering U.S." here:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/12/08/trump-calls-ban-muslims-entering-us

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