U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson have joined a growing chorus of high-profile Republicans calling on their party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to retract racially charged comments about a federal judge.
Trump has said that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t be fair because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.
“Donald Trump may have his reasons for questioning how his case is being handled. But that should stop well short of attacking the judge in the case regarding his ethnic background. He should withdraw his remarks,” Crapo said in a statement issued late Monday night.
“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,” Simpson said Wednesday morning. “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.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Tuesday called the statement racist, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also has criticized Trump’s remarks. Both, however, say they will continue to back Trump’s campaign.
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