Republican condemnation of Donald Trump’s comments against Gonzalez Cureiel, a judge of Mexican heritage presiding over a lawsuit involving Trump University, suggests that the GOP establishment might abandon support for their presumptive Republican nominee.

“He is a member of a club or society very strongly pro Mexican, which is all fine,” said Trump on “Face the Nation”. “But I say he’s got bias. I want to build a wall.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed Trump’s comments. “Claiming a person cannot do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

GOP consultant Mark Murphy suggested that GOP leadership is ready to concede the presidency to Clinton.

“We’ve got a bum nominee. We might have to outlast one term of Hillary Clinton; that’s the ugly reality,” said Murphy.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk has since publicly unendorsed Trump.

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gommorah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, says the House Speaker’s condemnation of Trump, as well as rebukes by other senior Republicans, is in part a PR attempt to maintain GOP majority rule over Congress.

“They’re trying to keep their hands clean of his racism and his nativism, which is a sensibility that they have helped to cultivate within the mainstream of the party,” Blumenthal.

Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.