Pence Chides Trump For Comments About Hoosier Judge's Ethnicity

Jun 7, 2016

Trump has claimed Curiel's Mexican heritage makes him unfit to judge cases brought against the real estate baron's Trump University.
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Donald Trump has repeatedly said Hoosier native Judge Gonzalo Curiel wasn’t impartial when ruling on a case involving Trump because of Curiel’s Mexican heritage and Trump’s pledge to build a wall on America’s southern border. 

Governor Pence calls those comments “inappropriate” and says a judge’s partiality should never be questioned because of their ethnic background.

“But that being said, if I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president," Pence says.  "I’m focused on the state of Indiana.”

Indiana Democratic Party spokesperson Drew Anderson calls Pence “late to the game” and criticizes him for just disagreeing instead of “condemning” what he calls Trump’s “racist statements.”