GOP Sen. Johnson Believes Trump Should Retract Attack On Judge

J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) believes presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump should retract his attack against a federal judge, a spokesman for his office told The Wisconsin State Journal on Monday.

Johnson’s spokesman, Brian Reisinger, told the newspaper that the senator “disagrees” with Trump “just as he has in the past.”

“Ron will hold both candidates accountable when they’re wrong,” Reisinger reportedly said.

Trump had said that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over cases against Trump University in California, has a conflict of interest because of his “Mexican heritage.” The businessman has railed against Hispanics since he launched his campaign, when he infamously stated that some undocumented immigrants were “rapists” and “criminals.”

Johnson once said that he would support the nominee “and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump,” but later clarified that he would support, not endorse the real estate mogul.

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