A judge sitting on China’s top court has found US President Donald Trump to be an “enemy of the rule of law.”
Over the weekend, Trump unloaded on US District Judge James Robart who had blocked his controversial “Muslim ban” on Friday, referring to Robart as a “so-called judge” and telling the public to blame Robart and the court system if a terrorist attack occurs in the future.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
Trump’s tweets provoked outrage across the US, but they also seem to have angered some in China. Most notably, He Fan, member of the Supreme People’s Court of China, the country’s highest judicial body.
“A president criticizing judges and bandits murdering judges are all enemies of the rule of law,” He wrote in a popular post on his WeChat account on Sunday, comparing Trump’s comments to the murder in late January of a judge in Guangxi, according to the AFP.
“In a country claiming to be the most democratic and most based on rule-of-law, for a president to lead the charge in scolding judges… makes him no different from a bully without dignity!” he continued via Sixth Tone. “No matter how much they hate a court ruling, presidents can only keep it to themselves. They don’t air their criticisms in public, let alone put a judge in the crosshairs.”
Of course, the unmistakable irony here is that Trump appears to be pining for a judical system much like the one China has, where the courts are there to support the decisions of the central leadership, not to act as a check to their power.
In 2015, China’s criminal conviction rate stood at a whopping 99.92%. A number that presumably would impress Trump.
Anyway, we patiently await Trump’s response to the Chinese judge’s comments.
And in the meantime, check out how journalists have been picking apart the US president’s troubling use of “so-called,” a long-time favorite qualifier of Beijing.
Is Trump starting to sound like the Chinese government?
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