Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a remarkably blinkered statement on the Mark Levin radio show about a Hawaiian judge who blocked enforcement of Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0. He seems to think that the fact that Hawaii is an island in the Pacific has some bearing on the validity of the judge’s ruling:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week he was amazed that a judge in Hawaii could block President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries.
Sessions made the comments in an interview with “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday evening that was put online Wednesday.
“We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the order,” Sessions said. “We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. 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.”
And how about the fact that the Attorney General of the United States is “amazed” that a federal judge has the authority to issue an injunction against an executive order? I bet he wouldn’t be so “amazed” if it happened to a Democratic president. Indeed, I don’t recall Sessions complaining about federal judges preventing Obama from doing anything he wanted to do. Sophistry and special pleading, as always.