Hawaii’s Unsteady Attorney General

CNN Correspondent Stephanie Elam reported early Thursday morning that President Trump’s efforts to strengthen national security were struck down because the Attorney General of Hawaii felt they ran counter to Hawaii’s “Aloha spirit.”

Recalling her interview with Attorney General Doug Chin, Elam characterized the conversation this way: “He [Chin] told me that he felt that this ban, this travel ban, specifically went against…counter to the culture here. It went against that ‘aloha spirit’ and that sense of welcoming and working with people here as they would like to do.”


So it would appear that the national security of the United States will now be subject to whether or not AG Chin thinks it melds with “aloha spirit.”

Elam went on to cite other concerns Chin shared with her that more closely mirror those of other states — like Washington — that Hawaii chose not to join with when the first executive order was being challenged.

Notably, less than one week ago, Chin’s concerns were — remarkably — even less steady. On March 11, 2017, Chin said this to “MSNBC Live” anchor Richard Lui: “I think one of the concerns that we have about the executive order, even when we were reading through the new one, is just that it has…it still contains words such as ‘We’re gonna make sure that we track every one of these citizens and non-citizens that are based in these countries to look and see whether or not they’re committing hate crimes, or honor killings, or domestic violence.’”


Critics will argue that Chin’s concern about mitigating hate crimes, honor killings and domestic violence — is itself a cause for great concern. Then again, his more recent dedication to an ‘aloha spirit’ — at the risk of national security and the expense of the courts — is also likely to raise eyebrows.

This post was written for publication elsewhere, but was passed on by that publication. So if you think it doesn’t flow with the rest of this blog, you’re correct. And if you think it’s not very good, you’re probably also correct — as it was passed on haha.

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