Hey, Jeff Sessions: Hawaii is a state.
Hawaiian Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz were quick to make the point after comments from the attorney general surfaced.
In an interview this week with The Mark Levin Show, Sessions was criticizing the federal judge who blocked the Trump administration's second attempt at a temporary travel ban on six countries.
"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," he said on the show.
Hirono and Schatz, both Democrats, criticized Sessions on Twitter:
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
Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences- including my own. Jeff Sessions’ comments are ignorant & dangerous— 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