Perhaps that’s the best we can hope for from an attorney from “a state in the South.” But I also have a beef with the subsequent clarification by the Justice Department (bolding mine):
Um, no, I don’t think so. Derrick Watson is from the State of Hawaii, and it’s a pretty safe bet that when Sessions and Prior said “Hawaii” they were referring to the State - which isn’t an island, it’s many islands.
There is indeed an island called Hawaii (we call it the Big Island to avoid confusion), but it is not synonymous with the State, and I’ll hazard a guess that the AG’s granddaughter wasn’t born on it (most likely she was born on the island of Oahu, but I can’t find anything that says).
Well, the judge is sitting on an island in the Pacific, so Sessions wasn’t wrong. What I find objectionable was his belittling of the judiciary, as Trump did with his “so-called judge” comment last time around.
Agreed, the Sessions comment was technically correct from a geographic perspective. It’s the Prior post that is most suggestive of an ignorance of geography.
The belittling of the judiciary, belittling of Hawaii, and geographic ignorance are all bad things. As a part-time-soon-to-be-fulltime resident of the Big Island, I choose to direct my ire in this particular instance to the geography issue. But I’m just having fun in MPSIMS.
No island is an island. They all have at least an offshore rock you have to jump to, as a part of their circumscribed territory. “Island group” is what is meant when serious intelligent people use the word “island” and wish for the discourse to continue without needless interruptions.