In a recent radio interview, he dissed Hawaii as "an island in the Pacific" while criticizing a federal judge's decision to place a hold on President Donald Trump's revised second travel ban.
Sessions' remarks sparked backlash among multiple Hawaii lawmakers, including the state's attorney general and both of its USA senators.
Hirono also said Sessions' remarks suggested he is prejudiced against Hawaii.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson last month struck down a redrafted version of a controversial January 27 executive order that would have prohibited citizens from six predominately Muslim nations (Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen) from entering the U.S. for a period of 90-days.
Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions' island judge remarks
Sessions told The Mark Levin Show that he believes the travel ban will be reinstated upon appeal.
"Why isn't a federal judge from Hawaii as able as any other judge from anywhere to issue rulings?" "And we won't succumb to your dog whistle politics".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to reporter's question before a meeting of the Attorney General's Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Committee to discuss implementation of the President's Executive Order 13773, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Justice Department in Washington. "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific, a lovely one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born", a spokesperson for the Justice Department said to the press.
Hawaii became the 50th state in the Union in 1959, but there's been a long and often fraught history between native Hawaiian people and the US government. Our federal courts, established under Article III of the Constitution, are co-equal partners with Congress and the president.More news: Tennessee student found safe, teacher arrested in California