Asked About Trump, Vulnerable Republican Calls Obama a Racist

New York freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of the House’s most vulnerable Republicans, said Tuesday that Donald Trump’s comments about the federal judge overseeing a legal challenge to Trump University were racist – but added he’s not the only one.

“You could easily argue that the president of the United States is a racist based on his policies,” Zeldin said on CNN, adding that everyone can “up our game.”

Even though he said Trump’s comments were discriminatory, he said it was still a “no brainer” for him to support the likely Republican nominee over the likely Democratic one, Hillary Clinton.

Zeldin represents New York’s 1st District, a place President Obama won with 50 percent of the vote. His district is included in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Patriot Program, which is designed to protect vulnerable incumbents.

Two Democrats – Anna Throne-Holst and Dave Calone – are vying for their party’s challenge in the June 28 primary.

“When former Congressman Lee Zeldin looks back at all the utterly ridiculous things he said in defense of his Republican Party, he will remember this moment as the beginning of the end of his political career,” said Matt Thornton, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a group that plans to campaign against Zeldin this fall.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest chose not to take the bait during a press briefing Tuesday.

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