Trump's bombast against the Mexican-American judge in the Trump University case is, without a doubt, stupid and ill-advised. It's a slander against the impartiality of the judicial system. It's also racist. It's not doing him any favors.
But I find the media's sudden outrage over this bizarre, because the media - and Democrats - encourage this kind of race-based political stereotyping everyday.
The premise of Trump's criticism is not that the judge is stupid because he's a Mexican-American. His charge is that, because Hispanics are (according to the polls) vastly opposed to Donald Trump, the judge may be politically biased against him, and therefore biased in his treatment of the case.
In other words, Trump is assuming that because of the judge's race, he may hold a specific set of political opinions. Yes, that is racist. But it's surprising to watch the media suddenly call foul considering that they're the ones who have given their blessing to stereotyping Americans' political views based on their gender or racial identity.
Like when the media cover the campaign as if immigration is the only issue Hispanics care about, ignoring the fact that illegal immigration isn't the only topic Hispanics are interested in - it's not even the most dominant.
Or when the media's coverage of LGBT voters orbits around the issue of gay marriage, even when they find gay voters supporting Trump, as if its the only issue they could possibly care about - ignoring the fact that, yes, gay people care about a wide variety of other issues as well.
When our media cover politics, they make many assumptions about what issues voters care about or respond to, basing it all on their racial or gender or sexual identity as the deciding factor of their politics.
That's precisely what Trump did, isn't it? In this case, the media hates it and rightfully calls it racist without the desperately-needed look in the mirror.
The media coverage has permeated into everyday life, giving voters a widely disoriented view of the political parties. A recent Washington Post study found that Americans' perceptions of which demographics make up each party are wildly off base. As it turns out, not all Democrats are gay; not all Republicans are rich; not all Hispanics are immigration advocates; not all women are pro-choice. But I wonder where voters get these views from?
Trump made a mistake in assuming that a judge can't put his political opinions aside to be impartial (though he's hardly the first on both sides of the aisle to do so). It's also racist to draw conclusions about one's political opinions based on the color of the skin or their gender. But thanks to the identity politics that intellectuals on the left and their media counterparts have been brewing for years, that's the new world they want us to live in.
As Speaker Paul Ryan put it in his condemnation of Trump's comments, “We as conservative should reject every kind of identity politics.” Hopefully this is a lesson - to both parties - to start digging our way out of it.