Jeff Sessions' Excuse For Hawaii Remarks Is A Classic Bully Tactic

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Trump in a recent interview refused to say whether or not he would sign a spending bill that does not include border wall funding, but Cabinet officials have insisted the administration will get money for the wall.

Hawaiians, including the state's two U.S. senators, both Democrats, reacted angrily to Sessions' remarks.

Members of the executive branch have every right to criticize and appeal lower-court decisions, but what Sessions suggested is that Derrick Watson, the federal judge in question, somehow lost his right to rule because of where his court is located.

"Look, they filed the suit - the plaintiffs get to choose the venue", Sessions said.

"This order is lawful", Sessions said on Sunday, "it's within [the president's] authority constitutionally and [his] explicit statutory authority".

And as Sari Horwitz reported in The Washington Post, Sessions is bringing back the old war on drugs, thus stopping in its tracks a once-promising criminal justice reform movement of conservatives, liberals and libertarians concerned with over-incarceration, particularly in African-American communities.

He added, "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". "We're gonna defend that order all the way up".

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The controversy over Sessions' description of Hawaii erupted on Tuesday. Senator Mazie Hirono said the remark was "dangerous, ignorant and prejudiced" and an attack "against the very tenets of our constitution and democracy".

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Schatz also wrote: "State of Hawaii has many islands, not one island".

In the past, senators approved legislation to build a fence, but now that Trump wants a wall, they are balking, said Fox News' Brian Kilmeade, and Sessions responded that's because lawmakers are reluctant to do anything that "actually fixes the problems".

People, especially those from Hawaii, were not amused.

Sessions made the comments about Hawaii in an interview with "The Mark Levin Show" last week.

That's his assessment after drawing ire for seeming to dismiss the state of Hawaii as merely "an island in the Pacific".