House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated his disapproval on Donald Trump’s racist comments against Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Tuesday. According to him, the Republican presumptive nominee’s comments were “completely unacceptable.
During a news conference where Republican leaders disclosed some of their policy agenda, Ryan said, “I do absolutely disavow those comments. They are wrong. Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is certainly the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Trump repeatedly suggested that Judge Curiel had an “absolute conflict” in presiding over the lawsuits filed against Trump University because of his “Mexican heritage.”
Ryan will continue to support Trump
House Speaker Paul Ryan also stated that he will continue to support Trump despite their differences citing the reason that Republicans will have a better chance of getting their legislative agenda enacted under him than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The House Speaker recently stated, “A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves. Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix.”
Ryan also explained on Tuesday that it is his job as House Speaker to keep their party unified. He added that he had discussions with Trump about the tone of his campaign.
Trump defends criticism against Judge Curiel
Despite receiving strong criticisms from elected Republicans, Trump angrily defended his attacks on the Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage during a conference call with supporters yesterday.
According to Bloomberg, Trump ordered his surrogates to intensify their criticisms on judge Curiel and question his credibility.
The Republican presumptive nominee’s campaign releases a memo to his supporters instructing them to stop talking about the lawsuit filed against Trump University. When Trump learned about it, he instructed his supporters, “Take that order and throw it the hell out.”
He also said, “Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks? That’s one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren’t so smart.”
Republicans facing dilemmas
Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio emphasized on Monday that Republicans will be facing more of such dilemmas with Trump as the nominee. Rubio lost during the primaries, but promised to support him.
“I repeatedly said that this is the difficult choice we would face if he were our nominee. This is a tough decision for a lot of Republicans to make,” said Rubio.
On the other hand, Senator Bob Corker is hoping the Republican presumptive nominee would change his campaign strategy. Corker was mentioned as a vice presidential choice for Trump.
“I just hope that somehow he will change the way they are going about this campaign. This is a great inflection point, the primary ends this week, it’s a great opportunity for them to reset and focus in a very different way. I mean, he has this tremendous opportunity sitting in front of him,” said Corker.