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Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed criticism of a remark he made about the state of Hawaii after a federal judge there blocked President Trump's second immigration order.
Last week on "The Mark Levin Show," Sessions said he was "amazed" that a judge "sitting on an island in the Pacific" could unilaterally block a constitutional order from the president.
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told Sessions he was engaging in "dog whistle politics" and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) ripped Sessions for insulting his home island of Oahu.
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
Sessions told ABC News he did not regret the remark about Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu because "nobody has a sense of humor anymore."
He said he meant no disrespect to the 50th state, but was criticizing the fact that one random judge "out of 700" could block a lawful order.
Sessions said Trump is responsible for protecting the country, and that the executive order was within his "statutory constitutional power."