The Obama administration gleefully jumped at the chance to label Donald Trump’s attacks on the judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump University as being racist.
However, the administration followed that same logic in its treatment of an Iranian-American immigration judge who was forced to recuse herself from cases involving Iranians.
Trump has said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot be unbiased in the case involving Trump because as a person of Mexican heritage, Curiel is likely to be against Trump in light of Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Trump’s position was castigated by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. Ryan’s comments were echoed by White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
“Republicans — wrapped up their nomination process early,” Earnest said. “Apparently it was early enough to allow the Republican Speaker of the House to basically call the Republican presidential nominee a racist.”
Last year, however, immigration Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, who is of Iranian descent, sued the Department of Justice after it forced her to recuse herself from “all immigration cases involving Iranians.”
The administration feared the appearance of impropriety because Tabaddor, who had been judging immigration cases since 2005, had attended a 2012 White House meeting with other high-profile Iranian-Americans.
Two writers noted that the administration seemed to have forgotten it believed, like Trump, there is a link between ethnicity and impartiality.
“Earnest forgot two basic principles: Do a little research before you make assumptions, and people who live in glass houses should always avoid throwing stones,” wrote Michael Dorstewitz of BizPac Review.
“So it is common to ask that judges be asked to recuse themselves from cases and even the Obama Administration has requested this be done. It is nonsense that Donald Trump is accused of being a racist when he makes this request based on precedent. But if he is, then Obama is, too,” wrote Jim Hoft on The Gateway Pundit.
h/t: BizPac Review