Read time: 2 minutes

'He's American': CNN Host Smacks Down Katrina Pierson After Trump Calls Judge 'Mexican'

Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson insisted on Monday that she and her boss continue to "believe" that a federal judge in the Trump University case is Mexican even though he is a U.S. citizen.

Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson insisted on Monday that she and her boss continue to "believe" that a federal judge in the Trump University case is Mexican even though he is a U.S. citizen.

At a rally last week in California, Trump attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel for hearing a class-action lawsuit against Trump University, which former students have called a scam.

"I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s doing this," Trump said. “The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican…I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump.”

On Monday, CNN host Alisyn Camerota called out Pierson for attacks on the judge's ethnicity.

"Katrina, 'We believe he's Mexican,' what is that?" Camerota asked.

Pierson argued that suing Trump University was "like saying if you graduate from Harvard and you don't have the same outcome in your profession as everyone else, you should sue Harvard. And that's just simply absurd."

"All sorts of things were over promised," the CNN host interrupted, "that Donald Trump was going to playing a more active role than he was, that there was more of a rate of job success than really was true."

Pierson replied: "I think what is really interesting about this particular judge -- as Mr. Trump refers to him as a Trump hater -- is he even mentions on his judicial questionnaire that he was a La Raza lawyers association member. This is an organization that has been out there organizing these anti-Trump protesters with the Mexican flags, they are pushing it, these signs have been very apparent."

"And so, Mr. Trump is just stating the obvious," she added.

"But this judge isn't Mexican," Camerota shot back. "He was born here. He's American."

"I'm not saying he's Mexican," Pierson insisted.

"But Mr. Trump is saying he's Mexican," Camerota pressed.

"He says we 'believe'," Pierson insisted.

"But what's the point of that? Why is he going after an ethnicity?" Camerota wondered.

Pierson again blamed the "anti-Trump protests with their Mexican flags and La Raza."

"And this judge is connected to that," she said.

"Okay, but you recognize -- you're saying Mr. Trump was wrong," Camerota observed.

"I don't know if he's Mexican," Pierson quipped. "I don't know his heritage or his descent."

"Okay, for the record, he's American," the CNN host said, concluding the interview.

Added: Legal experts have gone on record saying while it is unlikely to be brought up by the judge, Trump's comments open him up to charges of indirect contempt of court, for impugning "the honesty of the judge in a pending case." In other words, his lawyers in this court case would do well to tell Trump and his surrogates to shut up.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team