Hatch: 'Be nice' to 'first-time candidate' Trump
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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." 

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The Senate president pro tempore indicated that he won't rescind his support for Trump in the wake of the candidate going after the Mexican heritage of a federal judge overseeing lawsuits against Trump University.
 
Hatch said Trump is "not a racist" but said the businessman makes "outrageous statements."
 
Trump has rebuffed criticism from lawmakers from across the political spectrum who have slammed him for saying Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest in a Trump University case because of Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican parents.

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. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE has bashed Trump over his comments on the judge, saying he may target a female or black judge in the same way he went after Curiel.