State and federal Republican elected officials are denouncing Donald Trump’s latest comments where he attacked the character of a federal judge with Hoosier roots.
The billionaire attacked U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is of Mexican heritage, saying he was biased against him in a lawsuit regarding Trump University over Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border. Earlier this week Democrats called on Republicans to denounce Trump for his comments.
Here are some of the responses…
Governor Mike Pence
- “Every American’s entitled to a fair trial and an impartial judge, but of course I think those comments are inappropriate. I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to question the partiality of a judge based on their ethnic background. With that being said, you know – if I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president. I’m focused on the state of Indiana. I’m focused on a growing Indiana economy. We had two great announcements this morning. One, another Illinois company moving to the Hoosier state, and a great high-tech company growing here in central Indiana. I’m going to continue to focus on jobs, on education, on my job as governor and a debate over the future over the state of Indiana. We’ll let the presidential debate take care of itself.
Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young spokesman Trevor Foughty
- “After eight years of the failed Obama-Clinton policy agenda, Hoosiers are facing a very serious set of challenges. Our campaign is focused on economic and national security solutions that will move our country forward, and Mr. Trump should do likewise, instead of making highly inappropriate remarks about a judge’s ethnicity.”
Congresswoman Susan Brooks (5th CD)
- “I continue to have deep concerns about Mr. Trump’s rhetoric. His comments about Judge Curiel are completely inappropriate. The Constitution provides for a separate but equal third branch of government, the judiciary. As member of Congress and a former U.S. Attorney, I have tremendous respect for our courts and our judges. When a legal outcome doesn’t suit you, personal attacks against the presiding judge are not the answer.”
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (2nd CD)
- “Questioning a judge’s impartiality based on his ethnicity is not only inappropriate, it has no place in American society.”
Congressman Larry Bucshon (8th CD)
- “To claim someone’s ethnicity or race contributes to his or her job performance or ability to be impartial is unacceptable and inappropriate. It’s my hope Donald Trump will stop this type of misguided rhetoric and instead focus on what’s important: providing the American people a positive, ideas-based alternative to the failed Obama-Clinton agenda.”
Attorney General Greg Zoeller
- “As officers of the court, all lawyers have an obligation to maintain respect for our courts and judges. Even when we lose a case and disagree with a court’s ruling, we lawyers should not mock a judge nor cast aspersions about any judge’s fairness. If a litigant believes a court’s ruling was incorrectly decided, then they should appeal. My critique is not a political denunciation in the campaign sense; I am speaking not as a Republican but as an officer of the court in defending our legal system. Lawyers should refute rhetoric that undermines public trust in our American system of justice. This is not political, and Republicans have no more obligation than anyone else to be heard on this matter,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.
Todd Rokita (4th CD)
- “I don’t intend to Monday Morning Quarterback this entire Presidential campaign. However, because of the gravity of accusations made by Mr. Trump and the subsequent equally weighty accusations made about him, I believe he should focus on the national debt, economy, foreign policy, and improving the lives of all Americans. I believe this episode points to a larger problem irrespective of the Trump University case: that identity politics has infected our judicial system and it threatens a cornerstone of our American Exceptionalism that says we are a nation of laws, not men.”
Congressman Luke Messer’s (6th CD) office did not issue an official response, but they did say the comments were inappropriate during an interview with Fox Business News.
U.S. Senator Dan Coats issued a series of tweets calling the remarks totally inappropriate.
(This story will be updated as more responses from other elected officials become available.)