Elizabeth Warren was very clear about what she thinks of Donald Trump in a speech on Thursday: He’s "a thin-skinned, racist bully."
Warren was specifically referring to Trump's attacks against Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge who’s overseeing the lawsuit against Trump University. Trump had previously said that Curiel shouldn’t be allowed on the case, because he’s "of Mexican heritage," which Trump said is a "conflict of interest" because Trump wants to build a big, beautiful wall at the US-Mexico border.
Warren did not mince words:
He has personally — personally! — directed his army of campaign surrogates to step up their own public attacks on Judge Curiel. He’s even condemned federal judges who are Muslim on the disgusting theory that Trump's own bigotry compromises the judge’s neutrality. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Now, like all federal judges, Judge Curiel is bound by the federal code of judicial ethics not to respond to these attacks. Trump is picking on someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself — exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned, racist bully.
As far as the racism charge goes, Warren may find some support across the aisle. Earlier this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he doesn’t think that Trump is a racist, but he acknowledged that saying that someone should be barred from a job because of their race is the "textbook definition of a racist comment."