Fallout from Donald Trump's latest inflammatory comments -- these directed at a Latino judge overseeing a fraud lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University -- continued on Monday with a host of Republicans condemning the billionaire businessman.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who battled Trump through much of the GOP primary before exiting the race in March after Trump defeated him in his home state, dismissed the comments as ignorant.
“It’s wrong and I hope he stops,” said Rubio in an interview with a local Florida television station.
On Sunday, Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, said on CBS the ethnicity of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the suit, should disqualify him from the case. In the interview, Trump said Curiel is “a member of a club or society very strongly pro-Mexican,” and is unable to be unbiased in the court hearing. Trump also falsely referred to the Indiana-born judge as "Mexican."
Trump announced his candidacy last year by describing Mexican immigrants as mostly “rapists” and drug runners. Moreover, Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, comments that have sparked outrage among immigrant-rights groups.
“I don’t think it reflects well on the Republican Party. I don’t think it reflects well on us as a nation,” added Rubio, who has said he will support the GOP nominee.