Trump said Curiel would not be impartial because he was "Mexican." Curiel works in the Southern District of California, but was born in Indiana.
Trump's attacks on Curiel were not a one-time deal either. They were repeated and maintained and common. "I have a judge who's a hater of Donald Trump, a hater, he's a hater," Trump said in May 2016 in San Diego, triggering the controversy.
Trump's comments led to allegations of racism, including by Republicans. It was a very big deal. And he would not give in.
At the time Trump said that Curiel would not shake him properly because of an animus perceived on the wall.
But despite Curiel's decision on Tuesday, do not look for Trump to apologize for his earlier attacks and receive a note of respect in federal courts in the foreseeable future.
"I mean, it's really sad when Every single case is submitted We are in 9th Circuit, "Trump said Monday in the White House to a gathering of governors. "We lose, we lose, we lose, and then we're fine in the Supreme Court, but what does that tell you about our court system? It's a very, very sad thing."
It is worthwhile to delve into Jake Tappers interview in June 2016 with Trump's then-candidant, who delves into Trump's comments has employed Curiel. Trump was convinced that Curiel was biased against him, and he did not let it go.
This transcript is unbelievable to read, now in the context of Curiel's verdict that Trump may set environmental restrictions aside to move on with the Wall:
TAPPER: What does that have to do with his heritage?
TRUMP: I'll tell you what to do. I made a decision after deciding that these were bad decisions, OK? I was treated very unfairly. Before him we had another judge. If this judge were still there, this case would have been over two years ago.
Let me tell you, I had terrible decisions, I was treated very unfairly by this judge. Well, this judge is of Mexican heritage. I'm building a wall, okay? I build a wall. I'm going to get along with the Hispanics, the Mexicans very well –
TAPPER: So no Mexican judge could ever be involved in a case involving you?
TRUMP: Well, he's a member of a society where you, you know, are very pro-mexico, and that's fine. It's all right, but –
TAPPER: Besides questioning his legacy.
TRUMP: I think he should apologize to himself.
TAPPER: Because he's Latino
TRUMP: Then you say, does he know the lawyer on the other side? I mean, does he know the lawyer? You know, a lot of people say –
TAPPER: But I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about –
TRUMP: That's another problem.
TAPPER: You call his race and talk about whether he can do his job or not.
TRUMP: Jake, I'm building a wall. OK? I build a wall. I try to pull Mexico out of circulation. Mexico is good.
TAPPER: But he's an American.
TRUMP: He is of Mexican descent and he is very proud of that, since I live where I am from, my parents.
TAPPER: But he's an American. You keep talking about the fact that Mexico has a conflict of interest.
TRUMP: Jake, are you ready? I have a case that should have been dismissed. I have thousands of people saying Trump University is fantastic, OK? I have a case that should have been fired. A judge who never gives – now we lose the plaintiff. He releases the claimant.
So why does not he call? So we thought we had won the case.
TAPPER: So, you contradict his decisions. I completely understand that.
TRUMP: I had lawyers who came to me and said you were being treated so unfairly. It's incredible. You know that the plaintiffs in this case have said all the wonderful things about the school and they are being sued. You know why she sued? Because they want to get their money back.
TAPPER: I do not really want to argue about the case of Trump University.
TRUMP: You have to, because if he would give me fair decisions, I would not say that.
TAPPER: My question is –
TRUMP: Jake, if you would give me fair decisions, I would not talk to you like that. He gave me terrible decisions.
TAPPER: I do not care if you criticize him, that's fine. You can criticize every decision. What I'm saying, if you call his race a reason why he can not do his job.
TRUMP: I think that's why he does it. I think that's why he does it.
TAPPER: If Hillary Clinton says it's a racist attack –
TRUMPF: Hillary Clinton is a Stiff. When Hillary Clinton becomes President –
TAPPER: Paul Ryan Today – Paul Ryan said today that he does not care how you attack this judge.
TRUMP: Listen, I'm just telling you, Paul Ryan does not know the case. Here is the story –
TAPPER: Is not it the –
TRUMP: I should have won this case in summary judgment. That is not a – that would be a case that I should have gained in the summary judgment. You know the law firm paid Hillary Clinton hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches. You know the law office –
TAPPER: I do. And we reported – we reported it on my show.
TRUMP: OK. I'm happy. You are the only one.
TRUMP: Wait a minute. A law firm paid Hillary Clinton hundreds of dollars for speeches.
TAPPER: Before you two –
TRUMP: She did not work. Everyone fell asleep during a speech, OK?
TAPPER: Before one of you became president, they did it.
But here's the final basic question –
TRUMP: Do you know that they've invested huge sums in their campaign?
TRUMP: Do you know that they have contributed a lot to Eric Schneiderman, the New York Justice Minister?
TAPPER: Here's my question –
TRUMP: No, you know that?
TAPPER: I do not know that.
TRUMP: Did you know that they have gone virtually to every Attorney General and knew this case by almost every Attorney General of Texas was rejected until Florida and many other states?
TAPPER: Is not it – if Hillary Clinton says this is a racist attack and you reject that – if you say he can not do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?
TRUMP: No, I do not think so.
TRUMP: No. He is proud of his heritage. I respect him for that.
TAPPER: But you say that's why you can not do his job.
TRUMP: Look, he's proud of his heritage, OK? I build a wall.
Now I think I'll get on well with Hispanics because they'll get jobs now. You will get jobs. I think I'll get along with Hispanics very well.
We build a wall. He is Mexican. We build a wall between here and Mexico.
The answer is, it gives us very unfair decisions, decisions that people can not even believe. This case should have ended years ago in a summary judgment. The best lawyers, I talked to so many lawyers, they said, that's not a case. This is a case that should have ended.
TAPPER: I –
TRUMP: This judge gives us unfair decisions. Now I say why? Well, I'm building a wall, okay? And it is a wall between Mexico. No other country.
TAPPER: But he does not come from Mexico. He is from Indiana.
TRUMP: He is Mexican and he is very proud of it.