Press secretary Josh Earnest was one of many to join the chorus of people calling GOP nominee Donald Trump racist for saying that the judge in the Trump University lawsuit should recuse himself because of a conflict of interest, but he should have thought that one through a little more before doing so.
Apparently to the Obama administration, it’s perfectly okay to demand a judge recuse themselves from a case based on their heritage alone, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the media. Just last year, the Justice Department was sued after forcing a judge to recuse herself from “all immigration cases involving Iranians,” the Daily Caller reported.
Pot, meet kettle.
For those unaware, Trump has been critical of Judge Gonzalo Curiel for quite some time because he thinks there’s an inherent conflict of interest due to Trump’s stance on immigration. Curiel is a supporter of open borders, and he belongs to La Raza Lawyers of San Diego, where he’s overseen giving college grants to illegal aliens, as well as the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Last week, Trump created a firestorm of controversy after he publicly said that Curiel should recuse himself from the case, and he caught fire from many people in the Republican Party, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan was asked about Trump’s remarks, and he said that the comments were “absolutely unacceptable.
Ryan then said that Trump’s statements were “sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” but didn’t actually call Trump a racist. However, it was enough for people on the left to scoop up and use against Trump, and that’s exactly what happened when White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about Trump’s comments.
“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.”
If that’s the case, then one has to wonder what Earnest thinks about the case involving Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, who in 2012 was removed from the bench by the Department of Justice – all because of her Iranian heritage.
More from the Daily Caller:
According to reporting from NPR, Obama’s DOJ first became “concerned with the appearance of impropriety” after Tabaddor — who is of Iranian descent — attended a 2012 White House meeting with other high-profile Iranian-Americans.
NPR states that before signing off on her attending the meeting, Tabaddor’s DOJ superiors recommended she recuse herself from any future cases involving Iranian nationals, yet when she returned to Los Angeles after the summit, that recommendation “became an official order.”
National Association of Immigration Judges president Dana Leigh Marks confirmed to NPR that the DOJ’s demands of Tabaddor “[appeared] to be discriminatory based on her Iranian heritage.”