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Donald Trump responds to criticism over racist comments

On Tuesday, Donald Trump responded to critics on both the left and right who have called his comments about Mexican-American judge Gonzalo Curiel "racist." In a statement, Trump said, "It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage," adding that he is "friends with and employ[s] thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent."

However, Trump maintained that he is justified in questioning if Curiel, who is presiding over a fraud case concerning Trump University, can give him a fair trial.

Earlier on Tuesday, both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned Trump's attacks on Hispanics, with Ryan saying Trump's comments were "absolutely unacceptable."