Sheriff John Buncich, chairman of the Lake County Democratic Central Committee, speaks during a news conference Wednesday in East Chicago denouncing Donald Trump’s racist remarks against East Chicago native and federalJjudge Gonzalo Curiel.

EAST CHICAGO — Following other top Lake County Democrats’ lead, Sheriff John Buncich on Wednesday condemned Donald Trump’s racist remarks against East Chicago native and federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

“We gather here today to voice our displeasure, and actually, our disgust, over the recent comments made by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump,” Buncich said Wednesday, standing beside local Latino elected officials during a news conference.

The event was held outside Casa Santa Toribio, an immigration support and assistance center in East Chicago. 

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Trump has come under fire recently for branding Judge Curiel as biased and unfair due to his Mexican heritage while presiding over a class-action federal lawsuit against Trump University. 

Buncich, chairman of Lake County Democratic Central Committee, also called upon GOP members “up to and including Governor [Mike] Pence” to apologize to Curiel and the Latino community.

Several national Republican leaders were quick last week to denounce Trump's comments. Pence called Trump's comments "inappropriate."

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