Most senior elected Republican rails against Trump's 'racism'

Trump said of his accusations of bias against Judge Gonzalo Curiel, \"we\'re building a wall between here and Mexico.\"

Published: 08th June 2016 08:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2016 08:00 AM   |  A+A-

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (File Photo | AP)

WASHINGTON: Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, issued a stinging rebuke yesterday (Tuesday) of Donald Trump's statements about a judge of Mexican descent, calling them "the textbook definition of a racist comment".

Mr Ryan was speaking at a policy event intended to help unite the Republican Party. But it was overshadowed by the growing backlash against Mr Trump for his claims the judge in a fraud case relating to his Trump University programme was biased because of his race.

"He's a Mexican," Mr Trump said of his accusations of bias against Judge Gonzalo Curiel. "We're building a wall between here and Mexico."

He later said a Muslim judge might also be unable to rule fairly in the case.

Mr Ryan, the most senior Republican elected official, called those comments "unacceptable". "I absolutely disavow those comments. I think they're wrong. I don't think they're right-headed and the thinking behind it is something I don't even personally relate to," he said.

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