Top GOP Rep. Slams Trump: ‘I Don’t Endorse People That Bash Judges’

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One of the House’s top conservatives has reiterated his objections to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump after the real estate mogul questioned whether a federal judge could be fair given his “Mexican heritage.”

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), a chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said in a statement that Americans need to see “more vision and less trash talk” from the real estate mogul going forward.

“Mr. Trump needs to show how he will address the critical issues on the minds of Americans: national security and economic opportunity for hardworking American families,” Flores said, as quoted by Politico. “Americans need to see more vision and less trash talk. I was incredibly angry to see Mr. Trump question a judge’s motives because of his ethnicity.”

Flores’ statement came after Trump questioned U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s integrity in presiding over lawsuits against Trump University in California because of his ethnicity.

The top House GOPer previously had declined to endorse Trump, although he said he would likely support him in November’s general election.

Flores told CNN this week that while he still planned to vote for Trump, he wouldn’t get a full endorsement.

“I don’t endorse people that bash judges — based on his ethnic heritage,” Flores said.

Clarification: This post has been updated to reflect a statement from Flores.

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