Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday. CREDIT: MSNBC
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump attacked the federal judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University in blatantly racist terms.
Trump said that the judge, Gonzalo Cruiel, had “an absolute conflict” because “of [his] Mexican heritage.” Trump stated that he was “building a wall” on the southern border so having someone of Cruiel’s ethnicity oversee his case was “an inherent conflict of interest.”
On a media tour to promote a new book, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was given an opportunity on MSNBC to condemn Trump’s racial attack.
“Are you willing to say Trump is wrong for attacking this judge because of his ethnicity?” Andrea Mitchell asked.
“I’m willing to say that Donald Trump is a different kind of candidate,” McConnell replied, chuckling.
Mitchell gave McConnell another opportunity to call the racial attack “wrong” but McConnell refused.
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In his 2014 re-election campaign, McConnell repeatedly lambasted his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes for her support for Barack Obama, claiming that because of her votes for him, “Grimes = Obama.” Given his own logic, McConnell’s endorsement of Trump is an embrace of his party’s apparent nominee’s divisive approach.