The downplay of Hawaii as a state is actually pretty common. Even when I lived there, I always heard people forget to include it in the USA, or ask weird questions like “Do they celebrate the 4th of July there?” or “Do they speak english in Hawaii?” I think it’s more ignorance than any maliciousness, but yuck. And to be fair, there are native Hawaiians that seriously advocate leaving the US, so it kind of goes both ways.
That said, Sessions was obviously purposefully dismissing Hawaii as a valid source of judicial rule. His feigned amazement that “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could block Trump’s EO was meant to rally their supporters with the blasphemous idea that this insignificant judge on some backwater territory could ever stop Trump.
The Justice Department’s clarification is a joke too.
“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.”[/quote]
Fuck this idiot.