Donald Trump's campaign has already moved past the judge controversy and is united in defeating Hillary Clinton this fall, Rep. Chris Collins insisted Thursday.
"It's interesting to see the Democrats still having a 74-year-old Socialist dragging them so far left they're not going to be able to win in November, and now I'm so happy to hear that Hillary Clinton is seeking president Obama's endorsement," the Colorado Republican, who co-chairs Trump's Congressional outreach efforts, told CNN's
Chris Cuomo on the "New Day" program.
"We've said all along she represents a third term for president Obama and with 80 percent of the country saying she's going the wrong direction, she's playing right into our hands. We are united and while it was a distraction, I would say as of two days ago we've moved beyond it."
But Collins said, he would not tell Trump what to do, including apologizing for his comments about US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage.
"I've moved on it, others supporting him have moved beyond it so at this point, no, I'm not going to tell Donald Trump to apologize," said Collins. "I wasn't in this situation so I don't really have a thought in that regard, but I would say as we're now coalesced around Mr. Trump and we've taken the fight in contrasting his mage in securing the borders."
Collins continued that recent job reports show the weakness of the economy, and when Clinton accepts Obama's endorsement, "that plays into Mr. Trump saying I'm going to make America great again."
And America is "looking for a change agent," said Collins, and he believes that Trump's temperament and personality are "exactly what America wants."
"We don't want the status quo," said Collins. "We don't want somebody word-smithing every word, doing a focus group as they decide what language to use. They want somebody who speaks directly to America that says we've lost our way, it's time to make America great again. It's time to put America first and stop Mexico from stealing our jobs."
Further, Collins said, Trump has said that his comments were misconstrued, and that in Trump's opinion, the judge is biased, and as for himself, "I will say I'm very happy the judge has decided to hold this in abeyance until after the election. We need to put the distraction of this case behind us."
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