From the June 5 edition of NBC's Meet The Press:
CHUCK TODD (HOST): You know what he's said about this federal judge that’s overseeing the Trump University lawsuit. He has called -- he has essentially said he cannot be impartial because he's Hispanic. Is that not a racist statement?
SEN MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): I couldn't disagree more with a statement like that.
TODD: Is it a racist statement?
MCCONNELL: I couldn't disagree more with what he had to say.
TODD: Okay, but -- do you think it's a racist statement to say?
MCCONNELL: I don't agree with what he had to say. This is a man who was born in Indiana. All of us came here from somewhere else. Almost all Americans are either near-term immigrants like my wife, who came here at age 8 not speaking a word of English, or the rest of us whose ancestors were risk takers who got up from wherever they were and came here and made this country great. That's an important part of what makes America work.
TODD: I'm going to read you something that Erick Erickson, a conservative commentar wrote for the Resurgent, he wrote it yesterday. “The attacks are racist. To claim someone is unable to objectively and professionally perform his job because of his race is racism, and damn the GOP for its unwillingness to speak up on this. The party of Lincoln intends to circle the wagons around a racist. Damn them for that.” What do you say to Mr. Erickson?
MCCONNELL: I think the party of Lincoln wants to win the White House. The right-of-center world needs to respect the fact that the primary voters have spoken. Donald 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. But we have a two-party system here. And Hillary Clinton is certainly not something that I think would be good for the country for -- to continue basically the Obama administration for another four years.