Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson says Donald Trump is “clearly” a racist.
Trump said in a CNN interview last week that US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the son of Mexican immigrants, was biased against him in lawsuits involving fraud allegations against Trump University, the billionaire’s real estate training school.
Trump claimed that the judge’s Mexican heritage had influenced his opinion because of the presumptive Republican nominee’s plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border after winning the presidential elections.
Speaking in an interview with The Hill newspaper on Monday, Johnson lashed out at Trump for making another controversial statement.
“The latest comments on the Hispanic judge — nothing short of racist,” said Johnson, who served two terms as governor of New Mexico.
When asked if he believes Trump is racist, Johnson responded, “Clearly. Clearly. These are incendiary comments to me as a former governor of a state that’s one of the four majority-minority states in the country.”
The Libertarian politician said he’s “absolutely” fearful over the idea of Trump winning the White House.
“Donald Trump has said 100 things in this campaign that would disqualify any other candidate, and if you turn the page tomorrow it will be 104 things,” Johnson said.
“He’s going to ban Muslims from coming into the country. He’s all for free trade, but in the next sentence will force Apple to make their iPads and iPhones in the US He’s going to apply a 35 percent tariff to imported goods. Who will end up paying for that? You and I,” he said.
Trump’s campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including disparaging remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
The billionaire has also he would deport 11 million undocumented workers from the United States and would establish a “deportation force” for this purpose, and would construct a wall on the US-Mexican border to prevent Mexicans from entering America.
Johnson slammed Trump’s immigration plans, and called the idea of a wall along the southern border “absolute craziness.”
In addition, he said that rounding up and deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants was “unfair and inhumane.”
“Building a fence across the border — absolute craziness. Just crazy,” Johnson said. “How’s that fence going to work? The border between Mexico and Texas is the Rio Grande river. Are we going to build it on our side or their side? Maybe right down the middle? This is just insanity. It’s insanity.”
Trump ‘unfit’ to be president
Meanwhile, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), who is running for the state’s open Senate seat, called Trump an unstable person who is “unfit” to be president.
She condemned Trump’s recent remarks about Judge and questioned his ability to nominate judges to the bench.
“Let’s just talk about the job [of] being president in terms of the technical responsibilities, … the constitutional responsibilities of being president of the United States,” Harris said at a rally on Monday in Santa Barbara, California.
“One of them is to nominate federal judges and members of the United States Supreme Court and do it in a way that is without bias and do it in a way that is in the best interest of our country,” she said.
“And he has just told us the fact that someone’s Latino disqualified them from being a judge, he has told us the same thing about Muslims. Can that person be president of the United States of America?” she asked.