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Texas congressman tells Trump to shove it

Published Jun. 7, 2016

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas has had enough of Donald Trump, telling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Monday to take his border wall and "shove it up your a--."

In an open letter to Trump, Vela, who is Mexican-American, said he agrees with Trump on the need to curb violence and the drug cartels along the U.S. border with Mexico.

"However, your ignorant anti-immigrant opinions, your border wall rhetoric, and your recent bigoted attack on an American jurist are just plain despicable," he wrote.

Vela noted that Mexico is a vital trading partner and many Americans of Mexican descent have served in the military.

Vela criticized Trump for referring to Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the case regarding Trump University, as a "Mexican" and has said Curiel should recuse himself.

Vela ended his letter by saying he did not claim to speak for undocumented immigrants, all Mexican-Americans or all citizens of Mexico. "But, I am sure that many of these individuals would agree with me when I say: 'Mr. Trump, you're a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your a--.' "