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Bill McCollum says Trump's comments about judge a 'stupid thing to say'

Former Attorney General Bill McCollum

The Associated Press

Former Attorney General Bill McCollum

Bill McCollum says Donald Trump’s comment about the Mexican heritage of a federal judge was a “stupid thing to say,” but McCollum isn’t sure it’s racist as Jeb Bush and other Republicans say.

“I don’t know,” the former Florida attorney general said in an interview.

“Let’s put it this way, it gave the appearance of impropriety. Was it racist? It could be interpreted that way. Certainly it could be. Donald Trump is such an enigma and a personality unto himself that I can’t read into what his intents are. I’m not a psychologist.”

“If I were wearing my lawyer hat, I’d say if he thought it disqualified the judge in some way because of (Trump’s) position on the wall or immigration or whatever, that’s a matter to be brought up in court. You don’t go out in the press and criticize the judge. That’s just not right.”

McCollum supported Jeb Bush then Marco Rubio in the presidential race. Now he’s behind Trump.

“Considering the nature of where the Supreme Court is headed and the opponent he has in this case, I’m certainly supportive of him. I’d rather see him elected than Hillary Clinton. At the end of the day, most Republicans are going to feel the same way.”

Still, McCollum said Trump’s antics are a concern. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a campaign like this before.”

“On the other hand,” he added, “I’m concerned about Hillary Clinton and her tenure as Secretary of State and her leadership qualities and her questionable veracity about things. We don’t have the best choices necessarily for president, but the reality is, one of them is going to be president of the United States, so I’m voting for Donald Trump.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:02am]

    

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