Donald Trump once defended his sister, a federal judge, against a senator who asked if her personal beliefs would affect her rulings. Trump called the senator, New Hampshire's Bob Smith, "about the dumbest guy in the U.S. Senate."
Buzzfeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski
found the anecdote in Trump's book "The America We Deserve," in which he discussed his sister Maryanne Trump Barry's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for her U.S. Court of Appeals judgeship in 1999.
The publication of the anecdote from Trump's book, which was published in 2000, comes as Trump is being criticized for his concerns that judges with Mexican or Muslim backgrounds might not be impartial in cases involving him, because of his comments about both backgrounds while on the campaign trail, according to The New York Times.
In his book, Trump called his sister "one of the brightest and most capable people on the federal bench" in the book. He said then-Sen. Smith, during the committee hearing, asked her if her views on abortion would affect her decision-making ability.
He said his sister told the senator her job was to follow the law, not her personal viewpoints.
"She patiently explained to the senator that her personal views on the issue were meaningless," Trump wrote in the book.
Then he added a rebuke of Sen. Smith, writing, "Maybe if my sister had spoken more slowly."
Trump had called Judge Gonzalo Curiel's appointment as judge in a Trump University case as an "absolute conflict," according to The Wall Street Journal.
He later said on "Face the Nation"
that "it's possible" a judge of Muslim background would not be impartial toward him.
Republican legislators attempted to distance themselves from Trump after his comments about Curiel. The New York Times reported that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it."
Graham added, "There will come a time when love of country will trump hatred for Hillary."
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