Trump surrogate calls Speaker Ryan racist

A Donald Trump surrogate on Tuesday called Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) a racist, after the Speaker called the presumptive nominee’s comments about a federal judge’s ethnicity racist.

“Speaker Ryan is wrong and Speaker Ryan has apparently switched positions and is now supporting identity politics, which is racist,” Jeffrey Lord told CNN.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ryan called Trump’s comments regarding Judge Gonzalo Curiel “textbook” racist. “I regret these comments that he made,” Ryan said. “Saying a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of the textbook definition of racist comments … I think that should be absolutely disavowed.”

On Monday, Trump instructed surrogates to attack those who criticize his comments about Curiel.

Trump called those who bring up the issue racists. “The people asking the questions — those are the racists,” Trump said in a conference call. “I would go at ‘em.”