Trump descends to new depths
Maggie Haberman reports in the NY Times:
Donald J. Trump told supporters on a conference call on Monday that they should scrap a campaign memo instructing them not to publicly discuss the Trump University case and said that “not so smart” people are doling out advice in his campaign, according to a published report.
Instead, Mr. Trump said, his supporters should keep up the claims of bias against the federal judge in the case, Gonzalo P. Curiel, and accuse reporters of being “racists” for asking questions about the candidate’s criticism, according to the report, published Monday afternoon on theBloomberg website.
It was a breathtaking display of Mr. Trump’s belittlement of his own team on a call with former governors and senators, as well as others supporting his candidacy. The report was confirmed independently by two people who were on the call.
Jan Brewer, the former governor of Arizona, confirmed that she was on a call to discuss a memo that had been sent by the campaign. That memo, disseminated by Erica Freeman, who handles surrogate matters for the campaign, advised allies not to address the lawsuit anymore with reporters, and to let it play out in court. Mr. Trump has been roundly criticized by Republicans, including his own supporters, for the remarks suggesting that the Indiana-born Judge Curiel is a “Mexican” who is negatively predisposed against the presumptive Republican nominee and should not be presiding over the case.
But, referring to remarks Mr. Trump made about his staff, Ms. Brewer said, “Those harsh comments, I don’t recall them being that harsh.”
According to Bloomberg, however, Mr. Trump was blunt about the memo: “Take that order and throw it the hell out,” he said, after Ms. Brewer interjected that it was sent by his own team. He professed not to know Ms. Freeman and continued on.
“Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?” Mr. Trump said. “That’s one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren’t so smart.”
Later, he added that his allies should mount a frontal attack against reporters questioning him for his criticism of Judge Curiel.
“The people asking the questions — those are the racists,” Mr. Trump said, according to the Bloomberg report. “I would go at ’em.” . . .
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