Sessions on Hawaii remark: 'Nobody has a sense of humor'

In an interview on today's broadcast of ABC's This Week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked to react to the heat he's received in the wake of his comments about Hawaii being just an "island in the Pacific." We were less amazed that Sessions would make a racist comment like this because he's nothing if not consistent.

Sen. Mazie Hirono called the comments "ignorant and risky". "I am frankly dumbfounded that our nation's top lawyer would attack our independent judiciary. This is just the latest in the Trump Administration's attacks against the very tenets of our Constitution and democracy".

In response, the Department of Justice tried to walk back Sessions' remarks, saying in a statement that "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific ― a lovely one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born".

Illegal crossings are not going to stop until the wall is built, said Sessions, and "this is the closest we'll ever get to getting it done ... it has already been reduced as much as 70 percent, this illegality, and we're going to get it to zero and keep it there, and we'll be proud of a new system that we have". "Look, the president has to deal with the Department of Defense, the national intelligence agencies... he knows the threats to this country", Sessions said. Sessions instead defended the administration's actions, saying that the executive order is "lawful" and he plans to continue the fight to reinstate it.

If the government shuts down this weekend over funding of the border wall, it will be the fault of Democratic lawmakers, not Republicans, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. "We're gonna defend that order all the way up".

If funding for a wall on the Mexican border is included in the bill and Democrats block it, Sessions said they should get the blame.

"You do have a situation in which one judge out of 700 in America has stopped this order", further attempted to diminish the validity of 9th Circuit U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's decision.

Speaking to CNN, Sessions added: "I think it's a fabulous place and had a granddaughter born there".

  • Salvatore Jensen