Supporters of Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump have had a hard time recently trying to voice their support for his criticism of an American-born judge of Mexican descent. Judge Gonzalo Curiel is currently presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, and the real estate mogul has identified an “absolute conflict” in the case given his own public stance against illegal immigration.
It’s the sort of stance that even made House Speaker Paul Ryan unequivocally declare it this morning as a, “textbook racist comment.” While many GOP leaders are distancing themselves from their party’s likely nominee, longtime supporter Chris Christie today noted that his pal Trump, “has a right to express,” his opinions about Judge Curiel.
However, in a 2011 video that is still active on the Chris Christie YouTube channel (yes, such a thing exists), the Governor of the New Jersey had harsh words for critics of Judge Sohail Mohammed, a Muslim American who Christie appointed to the state superior court.
“Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammed,” says Christie brashly in the clip, years before the idea of a Trump presidency or this or this or this were ever even thinkable. “Sohail Mohammed is an extraodinary American who is an outstanding lawyer and played an integral role in the post September 11th period in building bridges between the Muslim American community in this state and law enforcement.”
Christie, who shocked the political media world when he abruptly endorsed Trump after ending his own presidential bid, has aligned himself very strongly with The Donald in recent months. Christie’s name has even been floated for some Attorney General and even Vice Presidential discussions.
But back in 2011, as evidenced by the clip above, the thought of calling into question a judge’s ethics or perceived bias simply as a result of his ethnicity was abhorrent to Christie. “The folks who criticize my appointments of Sohail Mohammed are ignorant, absolutely ignorant. They’re criticizing him because he’s a Muslim American.”
Just sit back and enjoy this pull quote from the 2011 video in which Governor Christie goes nuts on the “crazies” who think that Judge Sohail Mohammed is at all biased in his work as a result of his Islamic faith:
“It’s crazy! It’s crazy! The guy’s an American citizen, who has been an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of New Jersey swearing an oath to uphold the laws of New Jersey, the Constitution of the state of New Jersey and the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“I’m tired of dealing with the crazies,” Christie said then in the sweetest and most hysterical twist of delicious irony.
Watch the above video via the GovChristie YouTube page.
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