U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fiercely defended himself against claims of prejudice against Hawaii and a Hawaiian Federal Judge in an MSNBC interview on Friday.
The controversy centers around whether Sessions meant to disparage Hawaiian Judge Derrick Watson, by calling him “One judge from an island in the Pacific.”
With a manner and domed bald head conspicuously similar to that of President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove, MSNBC host Ali Velshi began the interview petulantly as usual, playing an edited clip of Sessions’ remarks to radio host Mark Levin.
“Sir, I think the the issue is, as a former U.S. attorney and a former U.S. senator and as a lawyer, you sort of diminished a federal judge and you made some reference to somebody being in the middle of the Pacific,” Velshi snapped.
“Give me a break,” replied Sessions. “I wasn’t diminishing the judge or the island of Hawaii, that beautiful place.”
“I was making the point that’s very real, one Judge out of 700 has stopped the President of the United States from doing what he believes is necessary to protect our safety,” Sessions said.