Trump Slams Colombia-Born Judge Presiding Over His Trial by Saying, ‘Take a Look at Where He Comes From’

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Donald Trump once again attacked Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the former president’s criminal trial in Manhattan. This time, he urged those watching to “take a look at where” the Colombia-born Merchan “comes from.”

Trump emerged from court on Tuesday after the proceedings concluded for the day and again addressed the media. As he has done in other post-court appearances, the ex-president read legal analysis from sympathetic pundits such as Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett, who has seldom found a Trump argument he didn’t find to be airtight.

“‘This trial is now officially a sad and pathetic joke,’” Trump said, quoting Jarrett. “‘It’s a crime. Merchan and Bragg are the head clowns. It should be patently obvious to all that the leading Republican candidate for president is on trial not for what he’s done, but for who he is. Trump is the potential nemesis of the Democrats.’”

Jarrett’s analysis went on to say that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “loathes” Trump, as does Merchan. Trump then did some editorializing of his own.

“The judge hates Donald Trump,” the former president insisted. “Just take a look. Take a look at him. Take a look at where he comes from. He can’t stand Donald Trump. He’s doing everything in his power.”

Merchan was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Queens, New York at the age of six. He attended Baruch College and received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Trump’s broadside against Merchan was reminiscent of his attacks on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who presided over a civil fraud case against Trump University in 2016. Then-candidate Trump claimed the judge was biased against him because of his Mexican ancestry.

The former president has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments to cover up extramarital affairs. Trump denies the affairs.

Watch above via CNN.

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