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Libertarian nominee: Trump ‘clearly’ a racist

Greg Nash

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson told The Hill on Monday that Donald Trump is “clearly” a racist.

Speaking in a half-hour long interview that aired on Facebook Live, Johnson lashed out at Trump for saying that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest in presiding over fraud lawsuits against Trump University because of his “Mexican heritage.” 

{mosads}“The latest comments on the Hispanic judge — nothing short of racist,” Johnson said.

When asked if he believes Trump is racist, Johnson, who served two terms as a Republican governor of New Mexico, responded: “Clearly. Clearly. These are incendiary comments to me as a former governor of a state that’s one of the four majority-minority states in the country.”

Johnson said he’s “absolutely” fearful over what a Trump presidency would mean for the U.S.

“Donald Trump has said 100 things in this campaign that would disqualify any other candidate, and if you turn the page tomorrow it will be 104 things,” he said.

“He’s going to kill the families of Muslim terrorists,” Johnson continued. “He’s going to ban Muslims from coming into the country. He’s all for free trade, but in the next sentence will force Apple to make their iPads and iPhones in the U.S. He’s going to apply a 35 percent tariff to imported goods. Who will end up paying for that? You and I.”

Johnson also ripped the entirety of Trump’s immigration platform, calling the idea of a wall along the southern border “absolute craziness” and saying that rounding up and deporting 11 million immigrants in the country illegally was “unfair and inhumane.”

“Building a fence across the border — absolute craziness. Just crazy,” Johnson said. “How’s that fence going to work? The border between Mexico and Texas is the Rio Grande river. Are we going to build it on our side or their side? Maybe right down the middle? This is just insanity. It’s insanity.”

Johnson proposed allowing those in the country illegally to obtain work visas if they pass a background check and hadn’t broken any other laws.

“As long as you’ve been a law-abiding citizen — here’s your work visa. You may stay in the country and work,” Johnson said.

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