Donald Trump told John Dickerson during a interview on Face the Nation Sunday that he would be concerned if a Muslim judge was presiding over the Trump University case because of his controversial views on Muslim immigration.
Trump recently made comments condemning Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over Trump University’s civil fraud lawsuits. Trump blamed Curiel’s Mexican heritage for unfair rulings in the case, citing his own stance on wanting to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On Sunday, the presumptive Republican nominee extended this argument. Trump believed he would face the same bias if the judge presiding over the case were Muslim.
Dickerson asked Trump if a Muslim judge would be biased against him because he has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.
"If it were a Muslim judge, would you also feel like they wouldn't be able to treat you fairly because of that policy of yours?" Dickerson asked.
"Uh, it's possible, yes. That would be possible, absolutely," Trump said.
"Isn't there sort of a tradition in America that we don't judge people by who their parents are and where they came from?" Dickerson asked.
"I'm talking about common sense, OK," Trump said. "He's proud of his heritage, and I think that's great that he's proud of his heritage."