Megyn Kelly, Katrina Pierson (Credit: Fox News)

WATCH: Megyn Kelly schools Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson on the implications of her boss's complaints about "Mexican" Trump U judge

"If litigants could create conflicts of interest by making a stink about judges, it would lead to chaos," she said


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 7, 2016 3:49PM (UTC)

On The Kelly File Monday night, host Megyn Kelly devoted numerous segments to discussing the fallout from Donald Trump's criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel and his alleged "Mexican" heritage.

She began by noting that calls by many -- including Fox News' own Bill O'Reilly -- for Curiel to recuse himself from the case, not because he's done anything wrong, but in order to "eliminate all doubt as to [his] motivation in the rulings," are entirely unwarranted.

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"Judges must certainly avoid conflicts of interest, even the appearance of conflicts of interest," she said, "but litigants aren't allowed to create those conflicts of interest by vocally complaining about the judge. Any litigant who moved to have a judge removed because of his heritage would actually be sanctioned by the court."

"If a litigant,” Kelly added, “making stink about a judge necessarily resulted in a conflict that would force the judge to step down, it would lead to chaos in our court system."

She later spoke to Katrina Pierson, Trump's insufferable spokeswoman, who had to be corrected, repeatedly, on basic facts about the case -- including who the plaintiffs were, when lawyers were assigned, and how the American judicial system works when judges retire.

Kelly pressed Pierson, demanding to know "what it is about the judge's heritage that makes him unable to hear the case." Pierson insisted that Trump's policies make it unlikely that Curiel, who she said belonged to a group "affiliated with La Raza" -- he does not, as Kelly pointed out -- could be impartial.

Watch the entire video below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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