On Tuesday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to a gathered crowd of reporters in Washington and to the surprise of absolutely no one, he got peppered with questions about his party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump. The issue on the table was the controversial stance of Trump’s that Judge Gonzalo Curiel — who is presiding over the Trump University fraud case — is biased in his judicial duties on account of his Mexican heritage.
Despite a recent endorsement of his party’s candidate, Paul Ryan has joined the chorus of GOP leaders not criticizing the comments.
Paul Ryan said Tuesday, “claiming someone cannot do their job because of their race is a textbook racist comment,” though did not go as far as to label the man himself a racist, just his rhetoric. Trump has alleged that Judge Curiel could not possibly be fair in his assessment of the Trump U case given the candidate’s proposal to build a wall on the country’s southern border.
Ryan disavows Trump’s judge comments, calls them “textbook definition of a racist comment”
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“I don’t know what’s in his heart but I think the comment itself is defined [as textbook racism]. I’m not going to defend these kind of comments, because they’re indefensible. I’m going to defend our ideas,” he continued. “If we go into the fall as a divided party, we are doomed to lose.”
After a series of questions about the Trump Train locomotive, Ryan exasperatingly said “Thank God!” when he was finally asked a policy question.
Watch the above exchange from MSNBC.
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