Does Jeff Sessions Know Hawaii Is a State?

Jeff Sessions

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.

"The judges don't get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful. 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, who previously represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate, was 12 when Hawaii was granted statehood in 1959. "And we won't succumb to your dog whistle politics", Sen.

In the interview, Sessions addressed the legal fight over the order.

"We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the 9th Circuit".

Sessions complained that the "very, very liberal Ninth Circuit" that has been "hostile" to the order.

"So this is a huge matter", he said.

The Hawaii judge, Derrick Watson, had granted a temporary restraining order on Trump's revised travel ban in March, just hours before the federal government was set to begin enforcing it.

"I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge (Neil) Gorsuch and (the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin) Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law", Sessions said. "A judge sitting on an island" is otherwise known as a US federal judge, and one who gave a rather lengthy explanation for his ruling that Trump's so-called "travel ban" targeting Muslim refugees violated religious protections granted by the founding documents ex-Sen.

"They honor it and don't try to remake it as they'd like it to be".

This story was updated at 3:31 p.m.

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