CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Add Westwood Republican Steve Chabot to the GOP ranks criticizing Donald Trump over over his remarks about an Indiana-born judge with Mexican heritage.
"Settle the damn case and apologize to the judge," the congressman wrote in an open letter to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego is overseeing a civil case brought against Trump University. Trump has said Curiel cannot be impartial because his parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the border.
Leading Republicans united earlier this week to denounce Donald Trump's attacks on the judge, with House Speaker Paul Ryan calling them the "textbook definition of a racist comment."
Chabot also contends in his bluntly-worded blog, which was posted Wednesday, that the billionaire businessman is a "piker compared to Hillary and Bill Clinton" when it comes to "ripping off the public."
There has been no immediate response from Trump or his camp.
Chabot's blog reads in part:
"Donald, as I've said a number of times over the past few months, if you're to have any chance of defeating Hillary Clinton in November, you've got to step up your game. During the primary process, you got away with saying a number of really dumb things – some would say that not following the normal rules of political correctness even benefited you. Maybe so.
"But your latest faux pas is a real doozy. You've accused the federal judge who's handling the Trump U case, of "having an inherent conflict of interest", merely because "he is of Mexican heritage." I know you want to build a wall and all (so do I), but the guy was born in Indiana. In this country, we've never held where an American citizen was born, or where their parents or their grandparents were born, against them. And we shouldn't start now.
"Besides, you should have settled this case long ago. As you know, it stems from your involvement in, what seems to me, one of those get-rich-quick deals – this one promising folks that they could learn the secrets of your success in real estate, for the rock bottom price of only $1,500 (to $35,000 for the Gold Elite program.) Lawsuits have been filed against you in New York and California. It's not clear that legally you've done anything wrong, but it looks, well it looks terrible. And as a recovering lawyer myself, let me give you some free legal advice – settle the damn case, and apologize to the judge."