A Texas judge presiding over a citizenship ceremony told a group of brand-new American citizens that their best bet is to leave the country if they don’t like Donald Trump.
via NY Daily News:
“I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your President,” Judge John Primomo said at the Thursday ceremony in San Antonio, according to KENS.
He continued: “He will be your President, and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
The judge’s tough words came just before the group of immigrants was officially granted U.S. citizenship.
Primomo also used the off-the-rails speech to lash out at people who protest during the National Anthem, such as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, known for kneeling on the field during the song.
“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to,” Primomo said. “You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
The judge later clarified his bizarre statements.
He had hoped the speech be a message of unity, he told the news channel. He claimed he did not vote for Donald Trump, and said he was simply encouraging the new citizens to have respect for the presidency and not taking a political stance.
Despite the comments, the new American citizens did not waver in their passion for their new country.
“It is exciting to be an American. I believe that America is bigger than whoever is in office,” Iraqi native Mohammed Al Farradh said.
You’re absolutely right, Mohammed.