Trump claims comments against judge’s ethnicity ‘misconstrued,’ does not apologise

 Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump
Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump

{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.} – Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly said that his comments against a judge handling the Trump University case were “misconstrued.”

According to reports, Trump recently accused Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of being biased towards the case due to his Mexican-American heritage, but said on June 7 that the judge’s ethnicity did not create a “conflict of interest.”

He added that, “I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.”

Further, he said that, “I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent… The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard,” although continuing to express his doubts about the case.

His 700-word statement was reportedly used to argue his side in the Trump University case, but did not contain an apology towards the judge.

It was added that Trump chose instead to rally his visible supporters in his defense, and said that “The people asking the questions—those are the racists.”

Further, Trump reportedly ordered his surrogates to intensify the questioning of journalists and judges.

Reports added that Trump’s various racially-charged comments resulted in a potential revolt by GOP lawmakers who felt that the rhetoric would cost them elections.

Additionally, House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly likened Trump’s comment to “textbook racism” and other Republicans said they could not possibly back Trump and are considering the staging of a challenge at a convention next month.

Republican leaders reportedly called on Trump to focus on more important issues at hand, to which Trump responded that he would bring jobs back into the country, and also win the Trump University case, scheduled for trial in November 2016.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.