Judge suspended for comparing protesters who pulled down Confederate statue to ISIS
A Georgia judge has been suspended after controversial Facebook posts in which he compared protesters who pulled down a Confederate statue to members of ISIS.
On Saturday, Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge James Hinkle wrote a post that ridiculed the counter protesters who showed up to protest the “Unite the Right” rally. The rally itself was held in protest of the removal of a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
“It looks like all of the snowflakes have no concept of history. It is what it is. Get over it and move on,” Hinkle wrote, just an hour after James Fields drove a car into the group of counter protesters, killing one woman and injuring around 20 others.
Then, on Tuesday, Hinkle doubled down on his rhetoric, writing, “The nut cases tearing down monuments are equivalent to ISIS destroying history.”
Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Hammer Blum suspended the judge and then issued the following statement: “After reviewing the Facebook posts brought to my attention this morning, I suspended Judge Hinkle effective immediately while I consider the appropriate final action.”
Even while many are clamoring for Hinkle to resign, however, the judge told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he didn’t see what was so controversial about his posts. “But you know, with the way things are going in the world today, I guess everything’s controversial,” he said.