Idaho Delegation decries Trump comments

Betsy Z. Russell works as staff writer for The Spokesman-Review. In that position, Russell covers Idaho news from our bureau in BoiseVia Betsy Russell’s blog An Eye on Boise:

Idaho 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson has joined Sen. Mike Crapo in decrying Donald Trump’s comments that a federal judge can’t be fair in his Trump University fraud case because he is of Mexican heritage. Here is Simpson’s statement:

“America is a country where all people are welcome, regardless of their ethnicity or faith. I completely disagree with Donald Trump’s comments and find them offensive. At this time, I’m struggling with my support of the presumed Republican nominee, but Hillary is simply not an option. Trump would be far better off to discuss issues of importance rather than these hateful diatribes he continues to disperse.”

GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who represents Idaho’s 1st District, didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment; he told Washington, D.C., reporters on Thursday that he found Trump’s comments “morally abhorrent,” but would continue to support him for president.