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Apr 20 17 6:11 PM

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Hawaii Dems Swiftly Hit Sessions For 'Island In The Pacific' Remark

 
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Hawaii’s Democratic senators on Thursday quickly went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions for questioning how a federal judge from the Aloha State, which he instead referred to as “an island in the Pacific,” was able to block the Trump administration’s travel ban.

“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,” Sen. Mazie Hirono wrote on Twitter, adding that the attorney general’s remarks were “ignorant & dangerous.”

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

Sen. Brian Schatz also chimed in, urging Sessions to “have some respect” for his home state.

Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect.https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/855131597577834496 

The attorney general made waves by telling conservative radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday that he was “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.”

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson was one of several federal officials who moved in March to block President Donald Trump’s revised executive order barring refugees and immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries.

As Schatz pointed out, Watson was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2013, when Sessions was still a Republican senator from Alabama.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mazie-hirono-brian-schatz-criticize-jeff-sessions-island-in-pacific-comment

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Apr 20 17 7:07 PM

After Sessions Remark, DOJ Says Hawaii ‘Is, In Fact, An Island In The Pacific’

 
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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the authority of a U.S. federal judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific” to block the President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Justice Department pointed out that Sessions was right both on his geography and his argument for the ban’s legality.

“Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific – a beautiful one where the Attorney General’s granddaughter was born,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement. “The point, however, is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President’s lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe.”

Sessions’ comment about U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, who blocked a revised version of Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries, left some critics wondering if the attorney general even considered Hawaii a 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,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)said in a tweet.

Her fellow Democratic senator from the Aloha State, Brian Schatz, asked Sessions to “have some respect.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/department-of-justice-confirms-hawaii-island-pacific-sessions

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Apr 20 17 7:16 PM

Stunned Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Know That Hawaii Is A State

 

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to Hawaii as an island in the Pacific and appeared shocked that one of the 50 states could block Trump's Muslim ban.

Stunned Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Doesn t Know That Hawaii Is A State
 

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to Hawaii as an island in the Pacific and appeared shocked that one of the 50 states could block Trump’s Muslim ban.

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Sessions said on The Mark Levin Show, “We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth 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 Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. 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.”

This was the Attorney General of the United States talking, someone who Senate Republicans assured America was super duper qualified and would be an independent voice.

One would hope that Sessions knows that Hawaii is a state, and his refusal to reference it by name was designed to insult the US citizens who live in the state. The problem is that the Attorney General appears to imply that the Judicial Branch of the US government should not be able to act as a check on the power of the President. This is much more concerning issue that if Sessions understands that federal circuit judges in all 50 states have the power to rule on the president’s action when a challenge comes before them.

Sessions was hinting at a theory of presidential power that is authoritarian and undemocratic.

If Jeff Sessions was stunned that a judge in Hawaii can check Trump, the rest of us are stunned that Jeff Sessions is the Attorney General of the United States.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/20/stunned-trump-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-hawaii-state.html

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Apr 20 17 7:47 PM

This story begs the question of what is the Attorney General of the United States doing appearing on a right-wing hatemonger's radio show?
Levin is a racist, a homophobe, and the likely source of Trump's fake "I was wiretapped" claim. 

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Apr 20 17 7:52 PM

crankypant wrote:
This story begs the question of what is the Attorney General of the United States doing appearing on a right-wing hatemonger's radio show?
Levin is a racist, a homophobe, and the likely source of Trump's fake "I was wiretapped" claim. 

Sessions is a racist and a homophobe too. They have a lot in common.   image

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Apr 20 17 8:03 PM

isaac5 wrote:
crankypant wrote:
This story begs the question of what is the Attorney General of the United States doing appearing on a right-wing hatemonger's radio show?
Levin is a racist, a homophobe, and the likely source of Trump's fake "I was wiretapped" claim. 

Sessions is a racist and a homophobe too. They have a lot in common.   image

For better or for worse, Sessions is now the chielf law enforcement office of the US. 
He has no business associating with a hatemonger like Levin.

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Apr 20 17 8:08 PM

crankypant wrote:

isaac5 wrote:
crankypant wrote:This story begs the question of what is the Attorney General of the United States doing appearing on a right-wing hatemonger's radio show?

Levin is a racist, a homophobe, and the likely source of Trump's fake "I was wiretapped" claim. 

Sessions is a racist and a homophobe too. They have a lot in common.   

For better or for worse, Sessions is now the chielf law enforcement office of the US. 
He has no business associating with a hatemonger like Levin.

Of course not, but I don't see that stopping him or any other member of the Trump "administration" from associating with people like that.

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Apr 20 17 8:48 PM

He doesn't look too bright, and definitely has displayed racist ignorance! He'll have at least 4 years to embarrass Americans non-racist! I don't like to discriminate on looks(but he's clearly & already shown & said racist chit! He might be related to Jeffery Lord~~ 

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Apr 21 17 11:49 AM

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These people are frighteningly ignorant. And that's being kind.

This may explain the whole Trump/birther thing.
He/they didn't realize that Hawaii is part of the US.

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Apr 21 17 12:00 PM

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dkswenson wrote:These people are frighteningly ignorant. And that's being kind.

This may explain the whole Trump/birther thing.
He/they didn't realize that Hawaii is part of the US.



It actually is.  It was clear all along that a lot of people weren't clear about that.

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dkswenson wrote:These people are frighteningly ignorant. And that's being kind.

This may explain the whole Trump/birther thing.
He/they didn't realize that Hawaii is part of the US.

These people, birthers, are such idiots.

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, fairly large numbers of Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States. True, 80% of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new CNN/ORC poll, but 20% do not. "The findings suggest beliefs about Obama's birth are remarkably stable: When ABC News and the Washington Post asked this question in the same way in April 2010, 77% of adults said Obama was born in the United States, 20% said in another country, with just 9% saying there was solid evidence Obama was not born in the United States..

​Total idiots.

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Apr 21 17 12:13 PM

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crankypant wrote:

dkswenson wrote:These people are frighteningly ignorant. And that's being kind.

This may explain the whole Trump/birther thing.
He/they didn't realize that Hawaii is part of the US.

These people, birthers, are such idiots.

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, fairly large numbers of Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States. True, 80% of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new CNN/ORC poll, but 20% do not. "The findings suggest beliefs about Obama's birth are remarkably stable: When ABC News and the Washington Post asked this question in the same way in April 2010, 77% of adults said Obama was born in the United States, 20% said in another country, with just 9% saying there was solid evidence Obama was not born in the United States..

​Total idiots.

Lest we forget, Donald Trump spent 5 years proclaiming that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
He even claimed to have sent investigators to Hawaii, saying "they cannot believe what they are finding."

Of course Trump is a goddam liar, but his fans were gullible enough to believe him.

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Apr 21 17 1:31 PM

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He doesn't look too bright, and definitely has displayed racist ignorance! He'll have at least 4 years to embarrass Americans non-racist! I don't like to discriminate on looks(but he's clearly & already shown & said racist chit! He might be related to Jeffery Lord~~ 

As seen on twitter.
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@BraddJaffy Well, sure, Hawaii has been a state since 1959, but in Sessions defense, he is still living in 1950. #IslandinthePacific

Hey Jeff Sessions, We're amazed that a racist from Alabama can become Attorney General. So guess we're even.… t.co/qTaOPc9arY

Sessions: Hawaiians aren't real Americans because a lot of them are brown #IslandInThePacific

I was born an raised on that #islandinthepacific and Jeff Sessons isn't invited.

A really for real State with really for real judges. #IslandInThePacific @jeffsessions @realDonaldTrump t.co/V2srHKVVkE

hey, we're a state, too - #americanhistory #liveitlearnitloveit #IslandinthePacific #TheResistance t.co/TTb39hhvGS

@AtghIgov I work on Maui where 90% of my customers r Korean & Vietnam war vets. We r the 50th state!… t.co/ENHTLWkoKv

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke

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