Trump On Wave Of GOP Criticism: ‘They Have To Get Over It’

June 7, 2016 11:33 p.m.

Donald Trump may have released a watered-down statement and given a tempered primary night speech after the onslaught of GOP condemnations he received for his attacks of a federal judge, but he’s not ready to back down fully yet.

On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday evening, Trump said he did not regret the comments he made about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over lawsuits against Trump University.

“I like to say what it is, and so many people are now seeing that this whole thing is a disgrace,” Trump said.

He also pushed back at Republicans’ criticisms of him in recent days, suggesting that much of the concern was fueled by the “anxiety” and “anger” from those whom he defeated in the GOP primary.

“I will tell you, it’s a little disappointing, some of the Republicans, and in all fairness, there’s some of the people that I went through war with, and I won, and there’s a lot of anxiety there. There’s a lot of anger, I guess, anger,” Trump said. “They just can’t come back, they can’t get over it. So they have to get over it, ideally. As to whether or not they endorse me, it’s okay if they don’t.”

Trump did not explicitly repeat his previous claims that Curiel was biased against him because of the judge’s Mexican heritage and said he didn’t “care where the judge comes from.”

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But the presumptive GOP nominee did point out that the judge was a President Obama appointee, while calling the proceedings a “disgrace.” He went into more details about the case, despite the fact that a statement his campaign released earlier Tuesday said he would not be discussing the lawsuits any more.

“The whole thing is disgusting, we are going to win on trial,” Trump said.

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