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Jeff Sessions Just Got Slammed For His 'Island In The Pacific' Comment

The U.S. attorney general’s dismissive comment about a federal judge in Hawaii has sparked a backlash from the state’s two senators.

The Hill reported that the Justice Department chief, Jeff Sessions, recently said on “The Mark Levin Show”: “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

The attorney general was referring to Judge Derrick Watson having blocked President Trump’s second executive action calling for a suspension of the refugee-resettlement program and a temporary ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. The judge ruled that the order was unconstitutional because it targeted visitors based on their religious beliefs. Two other courts reached the same conclusion earlier this year, when they issued stays to prevent the implementation of Trump’s first anti-immigration executive action.

Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz of Hawaii responded indignantly to the attorney general’s remark about their state. “Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years, and we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics,” Hirono told her Twitter followers. “Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences, including my own. Jeff Sessions’ comments are ignorant & dangerous.” Schatz tweeted: “Mr. Attorney General, you voted for that judge, and that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect.”

CNN noted that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to consider a challenge to Watson’s ruling next month. Sessions told Levin: “We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal 9th Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the order. We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the 9th Circuit.”

Source: The Hill
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