Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared on Fox & Friends for an interview on Sunday morning. Last week he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post supporting Donald Trump’s right to question the partiality of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is hearing a case against Trump University.
Naturally, Trump was thrilled at the prospect of Gonzales appearing on Fox News because he assumed the former attorney general was going to defend him. So at 7:45 on Sunday morning, he sent out a tweet asking everyone to tune in for the interview. But you know what they say about assuming…
Apparently, the presumptive Republican nominee wasn’t expecting Gonzales to compare him to murderers and rapists because halfway through the airing of the segment Trump deleted his tweet.
Gonzales told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that while Trump had every right to be concerned about the objectivity and impartiality of the judge hearing his case, the race or nationality of the judge is not sufficient grounds to make this kind of judgment.
To disqualify someone based on that I think would be inappropriate,” he said. “But it’s perfectly legitimate to look at other reasons. You are a litigant, you want a fair trial, you want to win that case.
Then came the comments that Trump obviously wasn’t anticipating.
I should not matter, it does not matter who the litigant is,” the former Attorney General added. “Whether or not they’re a terrorist, whether or not they’re a child molester, a rapist, a murderer or a racist. Everyone in this country is entitled to a fair trial before an impartial judge.
Moments later Trump’s tweet was gone, but Gonzales wasn’t anywhere near done with his evisceration of The Donald.
Carlson pointed out that Trump’s racist attacks on the judge were “frustrating to those who don’t want to see Hillary Clinton become president.”
This makes it very hard to defend the Donald Trump campaign when he says this guy’s parents were born in Mexico, he’s a bad person,” Carlson observed.
“I would have certainly taken a different approach,” Gonzales agreed. “And I think that particularly true for someone who is running for president of the United States. Because again, whenever you say something about a judge’s nationality, I think it demeans the office and I think it hurts the judiciary as a whole.
You can watch the Fox News segment here:
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