Donald Trump may get away with controversy, but his latest move — claiming that a judge with Latino heritage is unfit to reside over his Trump University lawsuits due to "a total conflict of interest" — has angered not just liberals, but conservatives too. Former Republican House Speaker (and current Trump supporter) Newt Gingrich even called the remarks about US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's ethnicity "one of the worst mistakes Trump has made" and "inexcusable."
Judge Curiel was born in Indiana, and his parents were born in Mexico, but the likely GOP nominee believes Curiel's race causes a problem given Trump's comments about immigration and building a taller wall between the US and Mexico. During a June interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump stated: "I'm building a wall. It's an inherent conflict of interest."
When the panel of Republicans and Democrats on MSNBC's Morning Joe discussed the drama, both sides of the aisle — including former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough and GOP strategist Nicole Wallace — called Trump's claims "completely racist." And, in the video above, you'll see that Scarborough went above and beyond by delivering a major burn to the presidential hopeful.
"His [Curiel's] family, if I'm not mistaken, had been in the country of America longer than Trump's grandmother," said Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman, turning Trump's own habit of using immigration as a weapon against him. We don't foresee the businessman-turned-politician apologizing for his racist remarks, but it's never too late, right?