A federal judge in San Antonio has been suspended for defending Donald Trump's legitimacy as our next president.
Last week, Judge John Primomo was presiding over a ceremony for new U.S. citizens and told new Americans that “[Trump] will be your president, and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
Those in the room understood him to be defending the American process of electing new leaders democratically, especially since Primomo himself voted for a different candidate than Trump. Primomo also criticized anti-Trump protesters for not accepting the results of the election and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for disrespecting an American symbol as a form of protest.
Primomo's remarks garnered massive criticism from the ACLU and other liberals, and he has now been suspended from overseeing any more citizenship ceremonies, according to Tribune News Service. In response to the punishment, he told his bosses that he will retire next year, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund's southwest regional counsel Marisa Bono praised the suspension and commented, “We are very gratified how quickly the court moved to address the community concern and we think this was a fair outcome" before adding that Primomo's words if left unchecked “could undermine public confidence in the courts.”
Primomo defended his actions, saying, "I wasn't trying to say anything for or against Donald Trump. I was just trying to say something hopeful and unifying and unfortunately it was taken out of context."
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