In a rare display of bipartisan unity during an election year, Republicans and Democrats alike have condemned presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his comments about the ethnicity of a judge overseeing a class-action suit against Trump University.
Members of both parties lambasted the real estate mogul for his racist remarks on how U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel wouldn't be fair in the case because of his "Mexican heritage." Curiel is an American who was born and raised in the Midwestern U.S. state of Indiana.
Leading the charge Monday were two former rivals for the Republican nomination. Ohio Governor John Kasich tweeted that Trump's offensive "is flat out wrong.'' Trump, Kasich wrote, should "apologize to Judge Curiel & try to unite this country.''
Florida Senator Marco Rubio agreed. "It's wrong and I hope he stops.''
But no mea culpa was forthcoming from the candidate. Trump insisted earlier Monday that Curiel can't be impartial in the lawsuits because the jurist's parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Republican Senator Susan Collins called Trump's comments "absolutely unacceptable."
Democratic Congressman Filemon Vela said in an open letter published Monday that Trump's "ignorant anti-immigrant opinions," border wall rhetoric and continued attacks on a sitting federal judge "are just plain despicable."
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