Las Vegas, NV — On Monday, Nevada Democrats and Latino leaders slammed Donald Trump’s racist attacks accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of a “conflict of interest” because of his Mexican heritage, and they called on Nevada Republicans to finally withdraw their support for Trump.
The reaction from the state’s top Republican leaders? Under pressure from reporters, Congressman Heck and Congressman Hardy both softly criticized Trump’s comments but continued to support Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant presidential campaign. In the CD3 primary, Republican Senate boss Michael Roberson once again “did not respond to phone calls or emails” while conservative businessman Danny Tarkanian claimed he hadn’t heard the remarks but “firmly supports Trump regardless of what was said.” Governor Sandoval has yet to weigh in.
Profiles in courage. Here’s a sampling of the news coverage:
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Democratic leaders slam Donald Trump over comments about judge’s heritage
Updated June 6, 2016 – 5:52pm
By COLTON LOCHHEAD
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Nevada Democratic leaders on Monday blasted Donald Trump for comments the Republican made about a federal judge’s heritage in a CNN interview that aired over the weekend.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is presiding over two class-action lawsuits involving Trump University. The judge recently allowed the public release of documents from Trump University that many have called damaging to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Nevada Democratic Chair Roberta Lange said at a news conference at the party’s headquarters on Dean Martin Drive that Trump “exposed himself as a shameless racist” in the interview.
In the interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Friday, the presumptive GOP nominee said Curiel had given him “very unfair rulings” and said his ethnicity could be the reason.
“We’re building a wall. He’s a Mexican,” Trump said. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.”
Curiel was born and raised in Indiana. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.
“Trump’s ignorant criticism is no longer just directed at undocumented immigrants,” state Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, D-Las Vegas, said at the news conference. “He’s talking about tens of millions of people born in this country who happen to be Latino, and who happen to have Latino last names.”
Lange went on to call out the state’s top Republicans for endorsing Trump.
“Congressman [Joe] Heck has endorsed a racist for president. Congressman [Cresent] Hardy has endorsed a racist for president,” Lange said, repeating that line for state Sen. Michael Roberson and Danny Tarkanian, both of whom are vying for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.
Heck and Hardy condemned Trump’s comments Monday afternoon.
“The comments made about Judge Curiel are completely inappropriate. They in no way represent my views, and are far below where I believe our political discourse should be,” Hardy said in an emailed statement.
“He is wrong and owes Judge Curiel an apology,” Heck said in an emailed statement.
Tarkanian said he hasn’t heard the remarks, but he firmly supports Trump regardless of what was said.
Roberson did not respond to phone calls or emails Monday afternoon.
Araujo said elected officials who support Trump should be held accountable, and he called for them to disavow Trump “if they truly support the Latino community.”
“These kind of bigoted attacks on our community are what a Trump presidency would mean for Latinos.”
KTNV Las Vegas: Nevada Democrats attack Trump, call him a ‘shameless racist’
BY: Riley Snyder
UPDATED: 7:06 PM, Jun 6, 2016
Nevada Democrats are calling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “shameless racist” over comments the billionaire businessman made about a Hispanic judge.
Several state party leaders held a press conference Monday decrying Trump’s allegation that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him in a Trump University lawsuit because of his Mexican heritage.
Democratic Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, whose parents came to the U.S. from El Salvador, said Trump’s accusations were unacceptable especially in states like Nevada with large immigrant populations.
“This is outrageous behavior for the presidential nominee of a major party,” Araujo said. “Alleging that someone can’t perform their job because of their ethnic heritage is just plain racist.”
Democratic party chairwoman Roberta Lange, Araujo and attorney Jessica Cruz spoke at the press conference in the party’s Las Vegas headquarters.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump said Curiel was treating him “unfairly” because of the Republican’s oft-stated plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
“This judge is of Mexican heritage,” Trump said of the Indiana-born Curiel. “I’m building a wall.”
Lange said the party plans to connect Trump’s provocative comments to Nevada Republicans who have endorsed the candidate.
“The racist comments aren’t a new trend for Donald Trump,” she said. “They are his brand.”