Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) blasted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE as “a racist and a liar” on Sunday, after Sessions’s comments about a federal judge in Hawaii.
Dear "Attorney General" Sessions: You are a racist and a liar. Actually, just joking. Oh wait, your record shows you are a racist & a liar. https://t.co/efSMggbe9Y— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 23, 2017
Earlier this week, Sessions said he was “amazed” that a judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific” could halt President Trump’s travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries entering the U.S.
"We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal 9th Circuit, who — they've been hostile to the order," Sessions said in comments that drew considerable backlash.
But Sessions dismissed criticism of his comments on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, saying, “Nobody has a sense of humor anymore.”
Lieu fired back at Sessions on Twitter, calling him “a racist and a liar.”
“Actually, just joking. Oh wait, your record shows you are a racist and a liar,” Lieu tweeted.
Lieu joined other Democrats expressing outrage at Sessions’s remarks. Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Democrats call out Biden Supreme Court commission Midterm gloom grows for Democrats MORE (D-Hawaii) blasted Sessions and his “dog whistle politics,” and her fellow Hawaiian Sen. Brian Schatz (D) told the attorney general to “have some respect.”
Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017
Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect. https://t.co/sW9z3vqBqG— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017
The federal judge’s temporary restraining order against Trump’s travel ban blocked both a suspension of the refugee resettlement program and a hold on people from six majority-Muslim countries entering the United States for 90 days.