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.