Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has been laying low since the election, but after Attorney General Jeff Sessions demonstrated that he’s not sure Hawaii is even a state, Hillary Clinton’s former running-mate spoke out to mock the KKK-loving (until he found out they smoked pot in his own words) Trumpbot currently disgracing his office.
“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 complained on a right-wing talk show, referencing a Hawaiian 9th District Court judge’s decision to overturn Donald Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim ban.
Hawaii was admitted into the United States in 1959, becoming our 50th state — not that we can expect Sessions to acknowledge that as the Trump administration continues its ongoing assault on the Judiciary branch of our government for stopping The Donald from doing a whole bunch of evil sh*t.
“I’m amazed a President from an island in the Hudson River with a statue welcoming immigrants continues to push anti-immigration policies,” Kaine tweeted in response.
I'm amazed a President from an island in the Hudson River with a statue welcoming immigrants continues to push anti-immigration policies https://t.co/H7YkOQxyF5
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) April 21, 2017
Naturally, people loved it because, well, Tim Kaine is absolutely lovable:
— David Goldfarb (@locust9) April 21, 2017
@timkaine I'm amazed some racist southern throwback is in charge of protecting our civil rights, but it's a funny world.
— Susan Bennet (@oohstlou) April 21, 2017
@timkaine This racist needs to be forced out of office. Besides, he lied to congress under oath. The Senate can prosecute him.
— Jaime Delacroix (@chiefanalyst49) April 21, 2017
@timkaine Bravo, sir.
— Ellen Datlow (@EllenDatlow) April 21, 2017
@timkaine I LOVE TIM KAINE OMGGGGG
— carter miller (@ewwwitscarter) April 21, 2017
@timkaine Apparently Sessions thinks some states should have fewer rights just as he thinks some citizens should have fewer rights than others.
— Matt Rehm (@rehm_matt) April 21, 2017
— The Dude (@iDudeness) April 21, 2017
— taylor (@taaylorson) April 21, 2017
— Mrs Glom Pfeffernitz (@tq1) April 21, 2017
If Americans — especially those Pacific Island people — were waiting for an apology, they will be disappointed. Sessions, who had suspicious contacts during the campaign with Russian officials despite denying it under oath, is unrepentant.
While it is true that Hawaii is an island that is indeed located in the Pacific, it is one of the United States no matter how many dog-whistle attacks Sessions throws at the people over a judge’s decision. It was clear what he meant in any case: as one of the four minority-majority states in the nation, the people of Hawaii — judges or no — are lesser people who don’t get to tell white America what to do.
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