Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the judge overseeing a lawsuit regarding Trump University for having a "Mexican heritage," a dismissal that many critics on both the right and left have said is racist. But in 2001, before President Obama appointed her as a Supreme Court justice, then-appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor might have even agreed with Trump's point.
During a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Sotomayor dismissed an opinion held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that "a wise old man and wise old woman" would reach the same conclusion when deciding a case. Sotomayor further complicated this by saying she believes race might also factor into what one decides in a ruling:
Sotomayor specifically appears to be speaking about empathy, but there's no doubt her words might fall a little bit awkwardly right now.
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