Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchLobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday defended Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE as a "first-time candidate" amid swirling criticism from Republicans of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's racially charged rhetoric.
"Be nice to him, he's a first-time candidate," Hatch told members of the media in Washington, according to reporters, adding that Trump is "going to make mistakes."
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday called Trump’s rhetoric "the textbook definition of racist comments" but clarified shortly after that he was not calling the candidate himself a racist.
Top GOP Sen Hatch says this is Trump's 1st time at politics:— Lisa Mascaro (@LisaMascaro) June 7, 2016
"Be nice to him.... He's going to make mistakes."
.@SenOrrinHatch on Trump: "Be nice to him. He's a first-time candidate. ... Be nice to him."— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 7, 2016
.@SenOrrinHatch: Trump "is not a racist but he does make a lot of outrageous statements. ... I like the guy personally."— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 7, 2016
Hatch says he wouldn't rescind his Trump support over judge comments. Says he can "rectify" his mistakes.— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 7, 2016