Cruz, Kasich Rip Trump For Calling Judge ‘A Mexican’

Two of Donald Trump’s former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are criticizing the New York City billionaire for his derisive comments about a judge, Breitbart News reported.

Trump has repeatedly referred to Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding in a lawsuit accusing the real-estate mogul of defrauding people who paid to attend his business university, as “a Mexican.” The candidate claims Curiel has “an absolute conflict” of interest because “of Mexican heritage,” even though the judge was born in Indiana. Trump said his proposals to deport undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the Mexican border make Curiel biased against him.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told NBC News: “Of course it’s inappropriate to be attacking a federal judge’s race or ethnicity. You’re going to have to ask Donald to explain the reason he says the things he does. I’m not going to try to do so.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who also recently ended his White House bid, told his Twitter followers: “Attacking judges based on their race &/or religion is another tactic that divides our country. More importantly, it is flat out wrong.” He later tweeted that Trump “should apologize to Judge Curiel & try to unite this country.”

According to Breitbart News, other Republicans who have slammed Trump’s comments about Curiel include Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Source: New York Times

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