Jeb Bush: Trump should retract, not defend, comments
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday slammed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE for his comments that an Indiana-born federal judge might be biased against him because of the judge's Mexican heritage, after the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said his remarks had been "misconstrued."

"Donald Trump should retract his comments, not defend them," Bush tweeted.

"There is no place for racism in the GOP, or this country."


Bush, who suspended his presidential bid earlier this year, has said he does not plan to vote for Trump or Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Hillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady MORE in the general election.

Trump on Tuesday released a statement saying his comments about the judge have been misconstrued "as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage."

"I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent," Trump said in the statement.

"I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial." 

Several Republican leaders have condemned Trump's comments and some have said they do not plan to support the presumptive GOP nominee.