By Nick Gass
June 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton's campaign unveiled its latest ad against Donald Trump on Monday, highlighting comments from notable Republicans publicly rebuking their party's presumptive nominee for his comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
The video opens with a clip of Trump's interview with CNN's Jake Tapper last Friday in which the Manhattan real-estate magnate rejected the notion that his criticism of Curiel on the basis of his Mexican heritage is "the definition of racism."
"[E]ven other Republicans are offended," the on-screen text reads, before cutting to video of Ana Navarro, a CNN contributor and former Jeb Bush surrogate, sharply denouncing Trump for his comments.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is shown on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday telling Chuck Todd, "I couldn't disagree more with a statement like that." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's remarks on "Fox News Sunday" are next, in which he called it "one of the worst mistakes Trump has made" and "inexcusable."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who has been supportive of Trump's candidacy, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he does "not condone the comments," while House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is heard next saying, "I completely disagree with the thinking behind that."
The Clinton campaign's video is the latest in a series looking to highlight Republican disunity over Trump. Speaking to supporters in Oxnard, California, on Saturday night, Clinton remarked, "Judge Curiel is as much of an American as I am, and he’s as much of an American as Donald Trump is. But he has Mexican roots. So to Donald Trump, that means he can’t do his job. Well, Donald Trump’s not just wrong about Judge Curiel, he’s wrong about America. He’s wrong about what makes this country great."
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