The Republican Party would really like to stop talking about Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
While being interviewed on CNN by Kate Bolduan on Friday, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer desperately tried to paper over the fact that Trump had cited Curiel’s ethnicity as a major conflict of interest that should disqualify him from overseeing the Trump University lawsuit.
“On Tuesday, [Trump] was very clear that he was not trying to speak to the judge’s heritage,” Spicer said. “He has gone out and clarified what his intent was.”
That’s an interesting interpretation since Trump clearly said multiple times that Curiel’s heritage was a conflict of interest in interviews.
“I have had horrible rulings, I’ve been treated very unfairly by this judge. Now, this judge is of Mexican heritage,” Trump said to CNN’s Jake Tapper last week. “I’m building a wall, okay. I’m building a wall. I am going to do very well with the Hispanics, the Mexicans.”
Given this contradiction, Bolduan pushed back at Spicer and asked if he seriously believed that Trump wasn’t accusing the judge of being hopelessly biased because of his heritage.
“He has gone out and clarified what his intent was, so I’m not going to re-litigate the past,” he replied before seguing to attacking Hillary Clinton.
Even so, Bolduan didn’t let him off the hook and cited a new interview with Paul Ryan on ABC News in which Ryan called Trump’s attacks on Curiel “beyond the pale.”
“They are continuing to re-litigate something that has been clarified,” Spicer insisted.
Watch the whole clip below.
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