For the second time since he has been Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has really stepped in it. He is taking cues from his boss Donald Trump and is attacking the judiciary over rulings against the administration that they don’t like. This time, though, Session took it a step further and decided to engage in dog-whistle politics. Instead of disputing the ruling of Ninth Circuit Court Judge Derrick Watson against Trump’s Muslim ban on its merits, Sessions attacked the fact that the judgment came from a Hawaiian judge. He said, in the comforting confines of the radio show that belongs to right-wing asshole Mark Levin:
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.”
Hawaii Attorney General Dougal Chin is apparently sick of the Trump Administration’s attacks on the judiciary and decided to burn Sessions for his comments. In a scathing statement, Chin said:
President Trump previously called a federal judge in California a so-called judge. Now U.S. Attorney General Sessions appears to dismiss a federal judge in Hawaii as just a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific,” Chin said, before explaining how the U.S. constitution works. “Our Constitution created a separation of powers in the United States for a reason. Our federal courts, established under article III of the Constitution, are co-equal partners with Congress and the President. It is disappointing [Attorney General] Sessions does not acknowledge that.”
Of course, the Department of Justice had to step in and try and clean up the mess that Sessions created, but it was too late. Nevertheless, Ian D. Prior said to CNN:
Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific—a beautiful one where the Attorney General’s granddaughter was born.”
“The point, however, is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President’s lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe.”
Again, the Trump Administration fails to understand the process of judicial review. Their Muslim ban is bigoted and unlawful, and they need to step back and realize that they cannot unilaterally violate the Constitution.
Good on the judges like Judge Watson who are standing up to this unlawful bigotry. Maybe this incident will help Jeff Sessions stop humiliating himself and showing his racist colors so freely.
In the meantime, the judiciary will continue to fight on, and keep these imbeciles from ruining the nation.
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