Trump Calls Scolding by Newt Gingrich ‘Inappropriate’

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press, June 6, 2016

Donald Trump said Monday it was “inappropriate” for Newt Gingrich to demand he drop the subject of an American judge’s ethnicity and start acting like “a potential leader of the United States.” {snip}

Trump insisted that his comments about the judge came in defense against relentless questions from reporters and others about lawsuits against Trump University. Trump said U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel can’t be impartial in the suits because his parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the border.

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Nonetheless, Trump says the public discussion about Trump University requires a response.

“All I’m trying to do is figure out why I’m being treated so unfairly by a judge,” Trump said Monday on Fox News Channel.

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A day earlier, Gingrich said Trump’s focus on Curiel’s ethnic background was “inexcusable” and Trump’s “worst mistake.” He was one of several Republicans who publicly demanded that the presumptive GOP candidate move on and unite the party. Across the Sunday talk shows, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he “couldn’t disagree more” with Trump’s statements about Curiel’s impartiality, adding that “we’re all behind him now”–an implicit warning that such unity might not be the case for long.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he doesn’t condone Trump’s statements about Curiel, then complained that his interview was supposed to be about foreign policy.

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Trump already has rejected calls for him to adjust his approach.

“I’m not changing,” he said Tuesday at a fiery news conference at Trump Tower.

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[Editor’s Note: According to The Daily Caller, “United States District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the man presiding over the class-action lawsuit against Trump University, is a member of the La Raza Lawyers of San Diego and oversaw the gift of a law school scholarship to an illegal alien.”]

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