Jeff Sessions, Defaming Hawaii

  • Sessions’ remarks reflect a tinge of racism to it, knowing that Judge Watson — for whom then Senator Sessions voted in confirmation — is of Asian descent. Sessions has a long history of racist remarks and actions, and I can’t help associated his most recent campaigns with at least touching on race.
  • Sessions wanted to push back on criticism of the travel ban, or whatever he prefers to call the proposed temporary halt to immigration rules. It wasn’t a single justice; indeed, in its first rounds several courts found problems in the legal construction and justification for the ban. While there were some superficial changes with the second attempt, the judge in Hawaii ruled that it essentially was part and parcel of the same executive ruling.
  • The comments cast the justice system as a manifestation of his sole opinion, and debases the role that courts play in the review of executive actions and legislation. It is not enough for Sessions to believe that some acts are Constitutional; they must be defensible in court. Our contentious society guarantees that Trump actions will be challenged. Sessions’ job is not to defend the president, it is to represent the rest of us as well.

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