Donald Trump should walk back his comments on the U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, but he'll still be a "much better president" than Hillary Clinton, who is not honest and does not have the integrity to be president, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday.
"From time to time, they're going to say something people aren't going to agree with," the Utah Republican told CNN's
"New Day" program.
"It doesn't mean you're going to disqualify everything else. I don't expect to agree with Mr. Trump 100 percent of the time, but compared to Hillary Clinton I think he will be a much better president."
At the same time, Chaffetz said he thinks Trump's comments about Curiel, where he has repeatedly doubted the judge's ability to be fair while presiding over the case against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage, "were wrong" and Trump will need to answer to them.
Chaffetz also would not call Trump's comments racist, instead calling them "misinformed."
"He referred to him as a Mexican?" said Chaffetz. "He's from America. He's from Indiana, an American. I've never had someone say, 'You're from Lithuania and Poland;' I would say, 'No. I'm an American.' I don't know what it gets him, I don't understand why he repeats it and I don't think he should."
Rather than saying the judge couldn't do his job because of his heritage, Chaffetz said there are other ways to have a judge disqualified.
"You can disagree on the politics of his background," said Chaffetz. "You may disagree on the rulings that you're getting, but to suggest that heritage will disqualify you or inhibit your ability to make a fair ruling? I don't agree with that."
Chaffetz said he also thinks its incumbent upon Republicans when they disagree with a statement, no matter who it comes from, to call it out as wrong.
"In this case Mr. Trump was wrong and I think he should walk it back," said Chaffetz.
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