U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Hawaii was not a real state.
An island in the Pacific?
The Justice Department tried to clarify Sessions' remarks on Thursday, according to CNN.
In responding to the criticism, a spokesman from the Department of Justice said in a statement that "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific - a handsome one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born".
But the hackles had already been raised.
The Senators representing the "Aloha State", also got into the mix.
Remember that Sessions knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Bolduan would ask about his Hawaii comments when he agreed to the interview.
And Brian Schatz told the attorney general to "have some respect".
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It seems to us Sessions is sitting on an island of his own.
Hawaii lawmakers are firing back at US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who slammed a Hawaii federal judge who blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban. And that island is called Oahu. Hawaii became a state in 1959.
U.S. Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said that Sessions was questioning one judge's ability to block the president's executive order for the travel pause. Sessions, then a senator, was among those who voted to confirm Watson.
"Why isn't a federal judge from Hawaii as able as any other judge from anywhere to issue rulings?"
A Sessions spokesman responded to the New York Times with an email saying, "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific - a lovely one where the attorney general's granddaughter was born". Our Constitution created a separation of powers in the United States for a reason. He accused Sessions of not being respectful to all federal courts that are constitutionally co-equal partners with the president and Congress. "It is disappointing AG Sessions does not acknowledge that", Chin's statement read.
Sessions addressed the backlash Friday morning on CNN. "What are you asking me to enjoin?" the judge asked plaintiffs' attorney John Freedman when he stepped to the podium, adding later that she didn't want to grant or deny his clients' request, "just as an academic exercise".
"I wasn't diminishing the judge or the island of Hawai'i, that handsome place".