US Rep. Walorski: Trump comments on judge inappropriate

FILE - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Signature Flight Hangar at Port-Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he’s only now emerging as a public figure, despite a notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV show. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski has condemned GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about the impartiality of a Latino federal judge presiding over lawsuits involving Trump University.

The northern Indiana Republican said in a statement Monday, “Questioning a judge’s impartiality based on his ethnicity is not only inappropriate, it has no place in American society.”

Trump has said U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego cannot be impartial in the suits because his parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the border. Curiel is a former federal prosecutor who was born in East Chicago, Indiana, to parents who came from Mexico in the 1920s.

Walorski is believed to be the first prominent Indiana Republican to criticize Trump over his comments on Curiel.

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