Attorney General Jeff Sessions just said he was “amazed” a judge in Hawaii could halt Donald Trump’s order blocking people from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
“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,” Sessions said on “The Mark Levin Show.”
A federal judge in Hawaii in March placed a nationwide hold on the president’s revised travel order.
Sessions’ remarks sparked quick criticism from Hawaii’s Democratic senators.
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
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017
Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect. https://t.co/sW9z3vqBqG
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017
UPDATE: The Justice Department clarified Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s remarks about a Hawaii federal judge, noting that “Hawaii is in fact an island in the Pacific,” according to CNN.