Sen. Lindsey Graham fired a powerful jab at Donald Trump on Tuesday, advising fellow Republicans backing the presumptive GOP presidential candidate to consider rescinding their endorsements.
The veteran lawmaker from South Carolina — incensed that Trump called into question whether "a Mexican" judge, or even a Muslim one, could fairly preside over a lawsuit involving Trump University — told The New York Times:
"This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy. If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There'll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary."
Trump ignited a firestorm when he said American-born Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest in overseeing the case involving his now-defunct school because of Curiel's Mexican heritage and the fact that Trump wants Mexico to pay for building a 10-foot-high border wall.
He also said a Muslim judge could treat him unfairly too, because of his proposed ban on Muslim immigration.
Graham and Trump have been at loggerheads since the billionaire developer entered the presidential race. Last year after Graham told Trump to "stop being a jackass," in reference to his remarks about Sen. John McCain's war record, Trump retaliated by revealing the senator's private cellphone number.
Graham has said Trump would make a "terrible commander in chief" and the Republican Party would get "slaughtered" with him as the nominee, while Trump ripped Graham as a "disgrace," a "nut job" and "one of the dumbest human beings I've ever seen."
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