McConnell Repeatedly Refuses To Say Trump’s Attack On Judge Is Racist


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized Sunday presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s attack on the judge presiding on the federal case against Trump University, but refused to call it racist.

NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd noted to McConnell that Trump has said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel‘s “Mexican heritage” is a conflict of interest in the case.

“Is that not a racist statement?” Todd asked McConnell.

“I couldn’t disagree more with a statement like that,” McConnell said.

Todd again asked if the statement was racist.

“I couldn’t disagree more with what he had to say,” McConnell said.

“OK, but you think it’s a racist statement to say?” Todd asked.

“I don’t agree with what he had to say,” McConnell replied, adding that nearly all Americans have ancestors who have immigrated.


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