NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest Republican to speak out against Donald Trump’s comments about the judge presiding in the Trump University lawsuits.
Kasich said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee should apologize for questioning the impartiality of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
In a pair of tweets Monday, the former GOP presidential candidate panned Trump’s contention that Curiel cannot be fair in the lawsuits against Trump University. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate says that’s because Curiel, who was born in Indiana, has parents who moved to the U.S. from Mexico. Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he says puts Curiel in conflict with the lawsuits.
Kasich’s posts said attacking judges based on their race is “another tactic that divides our country. More importantly, it is flat out wrong.”
He said Trump should apologize.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Bob Corker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also pushed back against Trump’s comments.
Kasich suspended his presidential campaign in May. He has refused to endorse Trump.
No Republican has been elected president without winning Ohio.
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