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Sandoval’s support of Trump wobbles after ‘indefensible’ remarks


Cathleen Allison / AP

Gov. Brian Sandoval sits in his office at the Capitol on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Carson City.

Gov. Brian Sandoval today called recent remarks by Donald Trump over the heritage of a federal court judge “indefensible.”

Sandoval, who said last month he planned to vote for the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, indicated today that his vote for Trump was not certain.

“I have already said I do not agree with Mr. Trump on every issue and I have major concerns with his escalating tone and rhetoric,” Sandoval said in a statement. “I support the Republican Party and will continue to help elect strong Republican leaders in Nevada but at this time I cannot say I will definitely vote for Mr. Trump.”

In a recent television interview, Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge in the Trump University case, had a conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage and the fact Trump wants to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Curiel was born in the United States, but his parents are from Mexico.

Trump issued a statement today saying his comments “have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage.”

Sandoval’s support of Trump has been tepid throughout the election cycle.

He did not endorse anyone ahead of the Nevada caucus, but caucused for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He later backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich, eventually saying he would support the party’s presumptive nominee only after Trump was the last candidate left standing.

“Elections are about making choices and the Democratic nominee is simply not an option,” Sandoval said in a statement at the time.

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