Heilemann: Trump’s Attack on Judge ‘Huge Mistake’ — ‘Poured Gasoline’ All Over Fire

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Monday on Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect,” while discussing the controversy over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raising concerns in the Trump University case over U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage, host John Heilemann said Trump “lit a fire in a house” and that he “poured gasoline all over himself and walked into the house.” Answering how much damage this is doing to Trump’s candidacy, co-host Mark Halperin said, “A ton, as well as to the Republican party, from his donors to his congressional supporters and to the congressional leadership to conservatives who were on the fence about him. His remarks have been correctly attacked by everyone. They don’t like the politics. They don’t like what he said. They feel he is putting them all in a very a bad position. You have editorial boards from local papers writing stories, wanting to know where the local officials stand. This is, as Newt Gingrich said, about the worst thing he’s done politically, substantively, and based on what he said on this call today, based on what he said on Fox, he didn’t do what I thought he would do, which is try to un-ring the bell a little. The