Mitch McConnell: It’s Time for Donald Trump to Stop Attacking Minority Groups

June 7, 2016, 7:33 PM UTC
Senate Leaders News Conference Following Weekly Lunch Meetings
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, from right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, address members of the media after a Senate luncheon meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senate Republicans have already been on the defensive in trying to hold on to its majority in the November election, and now senators are struggling to get on the same page about Donald Trump as their party's presidential nominee. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined his fellow Republican leaders in criticizing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, saying that the candidate needs to stop attacking various minority groups.

“My advice to our nominee would be to start talking about the issues that the American people care about, and to start doing it now,” McConnell said in a Capitol Hill press conference, according to MSNBC.

Trump has come under fire from across the political spectrum for saying that the judge presiding over the Trump University case is biased because of his Mexican ancestry.

McConnell went on to say that it’s time for Trump to stop attacking the people he’s “competed with” and minority groups, calling the election “imminently winnable.” He called for Trump to get “on message.”

McConnell’s comments came just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel “indefensible.”

“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said.

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