A Hamilton judge who wore a Trump hat in court insisted in a hearing Wednesday that he was not a racist, a bigot or a misogynist.
Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel is facing possible removal from the bench for sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat in court the day after United States President Donald Trump was elected in November. He later said in court that same day that the hat’s appearance “pissed off the rest of the judges because they all voted for Hillary, so. I was the only Trump supporter up there, but that’s okay.”
The episode garnered condemnation from law professors, lawyers and members of the public, who said the incident violated the tradition of judicial neutrality and threatened the integrity of the judicial system. More than 81 complaints poured into the Ontario Judicial Council, spurring a hearing into Zabel’s conduct.