A federal judge has slammed President Trump’s repeated attacks on judges and legal decisions that are not too his liking by undermining confidence in the legal system.
Senior Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court in D.C., said the number of personal attacks against judges is on the rise because of Trump's constant attacks on social media and to the press.
”The current president of the United States is feeding right into this destructive narrative,” Friedman said in remarks delivered at the federal trial courthouse in Washington per The Hill. “We are in uncharted territory."
“We are witnessing a chief executive who criticizes virtually every judicial decision that doesn’t go his way and denigrates judges who rule against him, sometimes in very personal terms,” Friedman continued. “He seems to view the courts and the justice system as obstacles to be attacked and undermined, not as a co-equal branch to be respected even when he disagrees with its decisions.”
Friedman later added: “This is not normal. And I mean that both in the colloquial sense and in the sense that this kind of personal attack on courts and individual judges violates all recognized democratic norms.”
Friedman's words come just hours after Trump and Senate Republicans celebrate the 156 trial and appellate judges the administration has appointed to courts across the country.
“I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly and without political prejudice for all of our citizens,” Trump said at the time.