As Donald Trump’s attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage were being roundly condemned, he and his supporters turned their fire on an innocent bystander: The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which counts Curiel among its members.
San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is a pretty typical professional group that promotes diversity and Latino empowerment in the legal community. You can find similar organizations for African American lawyers, Asian lawyers, female lawyers and so forth, as well as parallel organizations in almost every other industry.
Now, thanks to a smear campaign by Trump and his supporters, who have used Curiel's connections to the group to justify the presumptive GOP nominee's attacks on him, the attorneys group has had to defend itself against claims of having a "radical" agenda, being racist, and of unduly influencing Curiel. Like other institutions and people targeted by Trump and his associates, the attention has also led a backlash of "hateful" phone calls, emails and Facebook post, according to the group.
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