A Canadian courtroom is no place for a Trump campaign ballcap, apparently.
A Hamilton, Ontario judge has been suspended for 30 days without pay for donning a fire-engine red cap with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Judge Bernd Zabel wore the hat into court the day after Trump was elected president on November 9th, 2017.
Council received 81 complaints after Zabel appeared in court, which ultimately tarnished his squeaky clean, 27 year record as a judge.
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While he claims he was not making a political statement and wore the cap for laughs, the Ontario Judicial Council thought differently.
His penalty is the most strict one that a judge may receive without being terminated.
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CBC quoted the decision saying that, “Most complainants indicate a heightened concern as they perceive many of the things Trump said during his campaign to indicate misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim attitudes.”
Evidently, many people felt that his decision to wear the hat conveyed his political leanings. They felt that his stance may affect his decisions in court. Others simply felt it was inappropriate and simply did not uphold proper standards.
While there was a great deal of critique, the council also received 63 letters in support of the judge. These letters speak to his integrity and professionalism, and to the fact that he had a lengthy career without blemish prior to the incident.
Zabel did apologize for wearing the hat when he appeared in court.
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