A federal immigration judge presiding over a U.S. citizenship ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, had harsh, somewhat threatening words for the new citizens. “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,” federal magistrate Judge John Primomo said, according to KENS5. “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
Primomo also bafflingly criticized athletes peacefully protesting police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem. “I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to,” he said. “You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Primomo later clarified to KENS5 that he didn’t mean the words to be threatening—simply a message of unity—and that he didn’t vote for Trump. That hasn’t stopped right-wing blogs like Conservative Nation (which referred to the protesters as “communists”) and Trump’s personal Pravda Breitbart News from triumphantly posting about the incident.