On a conference call with campaign surrogates Monday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump advised his supporters to accuse those critical of his criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ethnicity of racism. The next day, Trump supporter Jeffery Lord did just that, accusing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of being a racist for calling Trump’s comments “indefensible.”
“Make no bones about,” Lord told CNN, “Speaker Ryan has apparently switched positions and is now supporting identity politics, which is racist.”
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CNN’s Carol Costello interrupted, “So you’re accusing Paul Ryan of racism?” Ryan: Trump’s Comments On Hispanic Judge Are ‘Indefensible’
“I’m accusing anybody, anybody, who believes in identity politics, which he apparently now does, of playing the race card,” Lord replied.