Not only is Donald Trump maintaining his claim that a judge is biased against him because of “Mexican heritage,” he says Muslim judges might also be unfair to him.
“It’s possible, yes,” Trump said on CBS’ Face The Nation in an interview broadcast Sunday. “That would be possible, absolutely.”
Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, claims U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel — presiding over a fraud lawsuit involving Trump University— is biased against him because he has called for an anti-migration wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“He is a member of a club or society, very strongly pro-Mexican, which is all fine,” Trump told CBS. “But I say he’s got bias. I want to build a wall. I’m going to build a wall.”
Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican-born parents.
Lawmakers and legal scholars have denounced Trump’s attacks as a near-racist attack on the independence of the judiciary.
Republican backers have also criticized Trump’s comments about the judge.
Asked repeatedly if Trump’s comments are racist, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R–Ky., told NBC’s Meet The Press: “I couldn’t disagree more with what he had to say.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, mentioned by some as a potential Trump running mate, told Fox News Sunday that the judge is an American citizen, and “this is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable.”