- If it wasn't clear how Filemon Vela felt about Donald Trump before, it is now
- The Texas Democrat opposes Trump's border wall plan
"Mr. Trump, you're a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," wrote the second-term congressman. "I would like to end this letter in a more diplomatic fashion, but I think that you, of all people, understand why I cannot."
Vela, who represents a border region of Texas, was responding to the latest controversy by Trump related to the Hispanic community -- pillorying Trump for his criticism of Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge in Southern California overseeing the Trump University case. The Indiana-born Curiel has Mexican heritage, but Trump has said Curiel cannot be impartial because he is a "Mexican" and Trump wants to build a wall with along that country's border.
Vela did not mince words.
"You have now descended to a new low in your racist attack of an American jurist, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, by calling him a 'Mexican' simply because he ruled against you," Vela wrote, warning Trump not to "dismiss me as just another 'Mexican.'"