Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repeatedly refused Sunday to label Donald Trump a racist for his bashing of a Hispanic federal judge, saying the presumptive nominee wasn't a "perfect" candidate, but that he'd rather be "working with Donald Trump" than Hillary Clinton.
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, the veteran Kentucky GOP lawmaker said he was "concerned about the Hispanic vote."
"It's a big mistake for our party to write off Latino Americans," he said. ""I hope [Trump will] change his direction on that."
But asked three separate times whether Trump's repeated remarks that the federal judge in California overseeing the Trump University lawsuits, Gonzolo Curiel, is inherently biased because of his Mexican heritage, McConnell countered only that "I couldn't disagree more" with the remarks.
He added the "party of Lincoln wants to win the White House," and that "Trump has won the nomination the old fashioned way. He got more votes than anybody else"
"Is he the perfect candidate for a lot of us? He isn't," McConnell said. "But we have a two-party system here. And Hillary Clinton is certainly not something that I think would be good for the country. I would rather be working with Donald Trump."
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