Donald Trump tells angry GOP officials who won’t endorse him to ‘get over it’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota vote. (all times Eastern):

8:30 p.m.

Donald Trump says that Republicans who are angry over his comments that a district court judge made a racially-motivated ruling against him should “get over it.”

In an interview with Fox News Tuesday, Trump said that he doesn’t care where the judge comes from, reversing his position he took in a CNN interview last week that Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not preside fairly over the case because he’s of “Mexican heritage.”

In a statement earlier Tuesday, Trump said that his comments were “misconstrued,” but added that based on the ruling he received, he is “justified in questioning” whether he’s received a fair trial.

Asked about those in the Republican Party who refuse to endorse him, Trump said: “it’s okay if they don’t. but they have to get over it, they shouldn’t be so angry for so long.”

8:25 p.m.

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in New Jersey, one of half a dozen states heading to the polls on the final day of voting for Republicans.

The presumptive Republican nominee gains the support of New Jersey’s 51 delegates, as he looks ahead to the party’s national convention in July.

8:05 p.m.

The new super political action committee organized by Donald Trump’s friend Tom Barrack plans to spend about $1.2 million in the next two weeks on television advertising.

That’s according to data from political advertising tracker Kantar Media’s CMAG. The group, Rebuilding America Now PAC, has raised $32 million in its few days of existence, says Barrack, who has known Trump for decades and is a real estate investor in Los Angeles.

Rebuilding America Now previewed its ad on news programs Sunday and Monday. The 30-second spot cuts between Bill Clinton denying his affair with a White House intern while he was president and Hillary Clinton explaining her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The ad concludes, “Same old typical politician.”

The ad is to air on cable stations across the country and marks the first major pro-Trump super PAC effort aimed at persuading general election voters.

7:30 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is making a brief stop on California’s iconic Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Campaigning in California on the day of its state primary, Sanders shook hands with people near the Hard Rock Cafe and TCL Chinese Theatre.

“Did you guys vote today,” Sanders asked as people swarmed around him, taking pictures with their phones.

The Associated Press declared rival Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee on the eve of Tuesday’s election in California, but Sanders has vowed to fight on until all the superdelegates are allocated.

7:10 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s “disappointed” and “upset” that The Associated Press declared rival Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee on the eve of Tuesday’s election in California.

In an interview with NBC News, Sanders expressed concern that the news came the night before “the largest primary” and that it was based on what he described as “anonymous” commitments from party insiders and Democratic officials.

The AP’s count is based on pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses as well as a survey of the party insiders known as superdelegates who can cast a ballot for the candidates of their choice at the party’s summer convention.

AP spoke directly to all of the superdelegates included in its tally, and only included them if they said they would unequivocally vote for a candidate at the convention.

6:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders’ senior adviser says the Vermont senator plans to campaign in Washington, DC ahead of the capital’s Democratic primary, hinting that his battle for the Democratic nomination will continue beyond Tuesday’s contests.

Tad Devine said Tuesday that the Washington primary is “very important” and Sanders intends “to let every voter cast their vote.”

Asked if Sanders’ strategy to convince superdelegates to support him hinges on winning California, Devine said the campaign will “have to have a very compelling argument with them.”

6:45 p.m.

A Republican state senator from Iowa has dropped his affiliation as a Republican in light of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about a federal court judge’s ethnicity.

David Johnson, from staunchly Republican northwest Iowa, said Tuesday that “somebody had to make a statement,” about what the 18-year state legislator called Trump’s “bigotry.”

Johnson is referring to the billionaire’s allegation that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased in his decision against the now-defunct Trump University because he disagrees with Trump’s position on immigration. Gonzalo’s is of Mexican descent but was born in Indiana.

Johnson, 65, says he is unsure whether he will caucus with Republicans in the Iowa Senate in the 2017 legislative session. Johnson supported former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Iowa caucus campaign, and then former tech CEO Carly Fiorina after Perry quit the race last year.

6:00 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is embracing her historic mantel as the first female nominee of a major political party.

Her campaign created a video featuring footage of pivotal moments in women’s history interspersed with images of Clinton.

The video will play before she takes the stage tonight in Brooklyn at a rally organized to celebrate her claiming the nomination.

“Let’s keep making history,” reads a caption at the end of the tape.

5:50 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he’s not totally sure whether he’ll vote for Donald Trump.

The moderate Republican governor issued a statement Tuesday saying he has major concerns with the Republican nominee’s “escalating tone and rhetoric.”

His comments come after he said in May that he planned to vote for Trump because the Democratic nominee was “simply not an option.”

Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought Trump’s comments about a federal judge handling a case involving Trump University were unacceptable. Trump has complained that U.S.-born federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him and cited his Mexican heritage.

Sandoval is Nevada’s first Hispanic governor and a former federal judge.

Trump says his comments on Curiel were misconstrued.

4:15 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump says he is concerned he may not receive a fair trial given that he is the presumed Republican nominee for president.

In a lengthy statement issued Tuesday, Trump said he has friends and employees of Mexican and Hispanic descent and that his concerns about the heritage of the judge presiding over the Trump University case are legitimate. He noted that he is fighting to bring jobs back to the United States, but drugs and “illegal immigrants” threaten those efforts.

“Given my unique circumstances as nominee of the Republican Party,” the statement read, “I have concerns as to my ability to receive a fair trial.”

Trump said in the statement that he does not intend to comment “on this matter any further.”

4:05 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump says that his attacks on the judge handling the Trump University case have been “misconstrued.”

Trump said in a lengthy statement Tuesday afternoon that “it is unfortunate” his comments “have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage.”

Trump has complained repeatedly that federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him and cited his Mexican heritage. Curiel was born in the U.S.

His comments have sparked a backlash among members of the Republican Party, House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Tuesday that they are “the textbook definition of racist comments.”

Trump said in his statement, “I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial,” but said that he feels justified to question whether he is receiving a fair trial based on the ruling.


Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says Donald Trump’s comments about a U.S. federal judge of Mexican heritage are un-American and he cannot support the presumptive presidential nominee.

This is a reversal for Kirk, one of the more endangered GOP incumbents, who had said recently he would support Trump.

In a statement Tuesday, Kirk said that Trump’s “belief that an American-born judge of Mexican descent is incapable of fairly presiding over his case is not only dead wrong, it is un-American.”

Kirk said he was hoping the rhetoric would tone down. Instead, Trump’s comments along with past attacks on Hispanics, women and “the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee” regardless of the impact on his own candidacy.

The senator added that he has concluded Trump is not fit to be commander-in-chief and oversee thousands of nuclear weapons.

1:28 p.m.

The only black Republican senator says Donald Trump’s comments about a U.S.-born judge of Mexican heritage are “racially toxic.”

Still, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott says he’s supporting Trump for president.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Scott said Trump needs to focus on the general election and “we need to win.”

Scott said he saw no need for GOP lawmakers to rescind their endorsements of Trump. He said the Obama administration has been “disastrous” for communities across the country.

“(Hillary) Clinton would just provide four more years of the last eight, and that’s not in anybody’s best interest,” he said.

Trump has drawn criticism for his claim that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel can’t preside over his case fairly because the judge is of Mexican heritage and Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

1 p.m.

A Republican senator says Donald Trump’s criticism of a U.S.-born federal judge of Mexican heritage could fuel a convention challenge of the presumptive GOP nominee.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said the Republicans cannot win in November with Trump as the party’s standard-bearer.

“Let’s face it: meet the old Trump, just like the new Trump,” Flake, who has long opposed the billionaire’s candidacy, told reporters. “We’ve got what we’ve got. That’s not somebody who can win the White House.”

“Where there’s no talk of a convention challenge or anything else, this might spur it,” Flake said of Trump’s comments on Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Trump has contended that Curiel, who is presiding over a case alleging that Trump University fleeced students, can’t judge him fairly because the judge is of Mexican heritage and Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has been questioned repeatedly about his stance but has refused to retract his comments. Curiel was born in Indiana to parents who came from Mexico in the 1940s.

11:15 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that Donald Trump has the right to express his opinion and that he’s not a racist.

Christie defended the presumptive Republican nominee who has been criticized for saying U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot judge him fairly because he is of Mexican heritage and Trump plans to build a wall with Mexico.

The former Republican presidential candidate and his son, Andrew, are delegates for Trump. They voted Tuesday at the firehouse in their hometown of Mendham. Their names are on the ballot with Trump’s.

Christie told reporters that he wouldn’t take questions on what he called the “judge kerfuffle.”

10:20 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump’s comments on an American-born judge of Mexican heritage are “the textbook definition of racist comments.”

Ryan says that the “mature and responsible thing” would be for Trump to disavow the comments.

“I do absolutely disavow his comments I think they’re wrong,” Ryan says but adds that “I’m going to be focusing on these ideas these solutions and not attempt to try and defend the indefensible.”

Ryan says he will still support Trump because his agenda is more likely to get enacted under Trump than Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump says U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot judge him fairly because he is of Mexican heritage and Trump plans to build a wall with Mexico.

7:30 a.m.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. The California Democrat had held off on a formal endorsement but on Tuesday, the day her state holds its presidential primary, Pelosi announced her support for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Pelosi told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “I’m a voter in California and I have voted for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States and proud to endorse her for that position.”

Pelosi told ABC she believes Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton’s rival, will be a constructive force for 2016.

3:00 a.m.

History already in hand, Hillary Clinton will celebrate becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party following votes in California, New Jersey and four other states.

Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on the eve of Tuesday’s voting, according to an Associated Press tally.

Her total is comprised of pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses, as well as superdelegates — the party officials and officeholders who can back a candidate of their choosing.

Clinton greeted news of her achievement with a measured response. She’s wary of depressing turnout in the impending contests and eager to save the revelry for a big victory party in Brooklyn.

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