Former New York Gov. George Pataki early Tuesday attacked fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE, the current front-runner, for employing divisive rhetoric.

"I totally share that frustration, because it is an inside game and we have to take back Washington," Pataki said on CNN's "New Day," attempting to explain the businessman's dominating poll numbers.

"The angry candidate, the one who is looking to divide, is the one getting the attention right now," Pataki said, alluding to the reality TV star. "What I want to do is bring people together."


Pataki, who served as governor of New York for more than a decade, has struggled to gain traction for his White House bid in the crowded GOP field. He failed to register support in a national CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

Trump has been criticized for his remarks on immigrants from Mexico since the beginning of his White House bid in mid-June and on Sunday released his policy ideas for fighting illegal immigration.

Pataki on Tuesday morning talked about of some of his own ideas on immigration, panning any plan that would go after employers of illegal immigrants.

"Everybody says, 'We're going to go after the employers. We're going to get them.' Nothing happens. So you're going to go into every kitchen in America, of every restaurant, arrest the restaurateur, deport the people in the kitchen — it just is not practical," Pataki said on CNN.