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US House Speaker Paul Ryan will still support Donald Trump in November’s presidential election, despite describing comments he made about a Hispanic judge as “racist.”
The Republican big beast, who was Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 election, today “disavowed” his comments, but said he’d still back him against Hillary Clinton.
The remarks came in the wake of a lawsuit against Trump University, a controversial and short-lived real-estate training programme set up by The Donald in 2005.
It’s been subject to a string of lawsuits since it folded in 2010, with angry students saying it had made fraudulent claims about its courses and tutors.
One such lawsuit is being heard by Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.
Trump has repeatedly said Curiel should be disqualified from hearing the case because of his Mexican heritage.
The billionaire entrepreneur and sometime steak salesman says that because of his plan to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, he would not get a fair trial from the judge.
Speaker Ryan gave his endorsement to Mr Trump, who had a walk-on part in Home Alone 2, last week.
Today he told reporters: “I disavow those comments. I regret those comments that he made,
“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
But despite his harsh words for the presumptive candidate, he stopped short of disavowing Trump himself.
“Do I believe Hillary Clinton is the answer?” Ryan asked. “No I do not.”.