Imagine that: Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor now agree on the role of heritage in a judge's ability to be impartial. They both say it's a non-issue.
After a surprising — and reassuring — display of bipartisan disgust at Trump's recent comments that Indiana-born federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased because his parents are Mexican immigrants, Trump had to backpedal. He released a statement that said his words had been "misconstrued," adding: "I do not feel that one's heritage makes [judges] incapable of being impartial."
Even many of Trump's supporters had denounced him. Speaker Paul Ryan called the candidate's original comments about Curiel "the textbook definition of a racist comment." Newt Gingrich noted, accurately, "If a liberal were to attack Justice Clarence Thomas on the grounds that he's black, we would all go crazy."