House Speaker Paul Ryan Calls Trump’s Comments on Judge “Racist”

HeadlineJun 08, 2016

Racist—that’s the word Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has called Donald Trump’s attacks on a Latino federal judge. Trump said Judge Gonzalo Curiel should recuse himself from litigation over the defunct for-profit Trump University because his Mexican heritage was a conflict of interest, since Trump has called for building a wall on the Mexican border. On Tuesday, Speaker Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican in the United States, condemned Trump’s remarks, but reiterated his support for Trump’s presidential candidacy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan: “I disavow these comments. I regret those comments that he made. I don’t think—claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable. But do I believe that Hillary Clinton is the answer? No, I do not.”

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