Technically Correct, but Betraying a Certain Mindset

From the Washington Examiner:

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”

That “island in the Pacific” is the state of Hawaii, a state since 1959. While Hawaii is smaller than Sessions’ state of Alabama, it’s not that particularly small, ranking (by 2015 real GDP) at 44th, compared to Alabama’s 33rd, among the 50 states. Hawaii’s ranking at 44 is just ahead of West Virginia’s 45. Somehow, I suspect AG Sessions would not characterize West Virginia as “some land to the west of Virginia” or the like. In addition, in terms of economic mass, Hawaii GDP in Ch.2009$ was 40% of Alabama’s.

How do I spell “antediluvian”?

Update 4/21 12:20PM Pacific: AG Sessions doubles down on “island in the Pacific”:

“I don’t know that I said anything that I would want to phrase differently. No.

7 thoughts on “Technically Correct, but Betraying a Certain Mindset

  1. Julian Silk

    Dear Menzie,

    Well, since Hawai’i didn’t vote for Trump, how can it be part of the “real America” to Sessions?


  2. joseph

    Wasn’t Hawaii the foreign country that Obama was born in that Trump talked about for eight years? Sad.

  3. baffling

    even more interesting that the headquarters of the us navy pacific fleet is simply some “island” in the pacific that should not interfere with the operations of the commander in chief. Apparently its importance is trivial to the president.

  4. Beeker25

    It goes to show you that the writer does not know his/her geography lesson or was asleep during the lesson.

  5. joseph

    AG Sessions doubles down on “island in the Pacific. “I don’t know that I said anything that I would want to phrase differently. No”

    Fits the Trump administration strategy. Never back down. Never admit an error. Deny, deny, deny even when the public can see you lying with their own two eyes. We saw this from day 1 of the Trump administration when he lied about the size of his inauguration crowd. It’s astonishing in its brazenness.

    But worse than Session’s idiocy about Hawaii is his disrespect for the Constitutional legitimacy of the judicial system he has sworn to serve. He believes that the President should have dictatorial powers without judicial review.

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