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When Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson appeared on CNN on Monday to defend Trump's comments, things got weird quickly. Asked about Trump's comments about Curiel's heritage, Pierson said that Curiel was a member of the La Raza Lawyers Association.

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"He even mentions on his judicial questionnaire that he was a La Raza Lawyers Association member," Pierson told CNN host Alisyn Camerota. "This is an organization that has been out there organizing anti-Trump protesters with the Mexican flags—they are pushing it. The signs have been very apparent. And so Mr. Trump is just stating the obvious."

The La Raza Lawyers Association is a nonprofit network that supports Chicano and Latino lawyers in California. Its involvement in electoral politics is primarily at the state and local level. Luis Osuna, the president of the lawyers association, told Fusion that neither it nor its political action committee has ever been involved in anti-Trump protests.

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It is possible that Pierson mistook the La Raza Lawyers Association for the National Council of La Raza, a separate, unaffiliated organization that has publicly opposed Trump's offensive comments about Mexican immigrants.

In that same interview, Pierson suggested, without providing evidence, that the La Raza Lawyers Association was engaged in criminal activity: "Well, it's because of what we see outside of these rallies, these anti-Trump rallies, these criminal rallies, these criminal protesters out there defacing property and attacking police officers. They're doing so under the guise of an anti-Trump protest, with their Mexican flags, and La Raza and this judge is connected to that."