Sotomayor's comments came during a 2001 commencement speech at Berkeley College, back when she was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (try saying that five times fast). Fortunately, her entire speech was published, so nobody can claim that it didn't happen.
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said. “Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
More diversity in judges “will have an effect on the development of the law and on judging,” Sotomayor explained. Her speech hammered the point home, saying, “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives” and that “personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.”
A judge’s race is often a major factor and is acknowledged as such by the media, especially in Supreme Court appointments. Justice Clarence Thomas’s race was a major factor in his appointment and Sotomayor herself spoke of its importance.
Foot, meet mouth. During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, the host repeatedly questioned Trump about invoking the judge's race, claiming that that's the definition of racism. It's hard to hold on to that argument when you can find a words said by liberals that legitimizes Trump's argument.