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#BoycottHawaii Emerges After Judge Blocks Travel Ban

| by Sheena Vasani

After Hawaii District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked President Donald Trump's second travel ban, some are rallying to boycott Hawaii.

"Me my wife and three other couples have just canceled our April trip to Hawaii they are not getting any of my money," tweeted one man.

"Hit Hawaii where it hurts," a second person said. "25% of their income is tourism. #BoycottHawaii"

The tweets prompted some to make fun of those advocating the boycott.

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"Really?" tweeted one man. "Gosh you guys sure do boycott a lot of things. And liberals are the ones who need a safe space, sheesh! #BoycottHawaii"

"The people who sincerely want to #BoycottHawaii are precisely the people Hawaiians don't want raiding their islands anyway tbh," added another.

Even some Trump supporters criticized the boycott, like this woman:

As a Trump supporter myself, even if I was able to somehow boycott Hawaii (I’m a Florida girl), I wouldn’t. ... I’m honestly embarrassed by #BoycottHawaii. I’m not a fan of boycotts in general because much of the time they inadvertently punish those who have nothing to do with the reason of the boycotting, but there are instances when a boycott at least makes logical sense. Boycott Starbucks? Sounds reasonable. Boycott Kellogg’s? Equally possible. Boycott Netflix? Sure, why not? Boycott Hawaii? Wait, what?

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She isn't just refusing to back the hashtag, she's also suspicious it may not be what it seems.

"A Trump hater could just as well [have] started this hashtag as a way to make Trump supporters look any number of things; foolish, intolerant and hot-tempered, perhaps," she writes.

Watson enraged Trump and his supporters nationwide after he blocked the president's travel ban imposed on six Muslim-majority countries, The Independent reports.

Watson cited "questionable evidence supporting the government's national security motivation," adding that "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."

The judge also argued the executive order would impede students and tourists from visiting Hawaii, hurting the state's economy.

In response, Trump vowed to fight back, announcing he will take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

"The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and that should never have been blocked to start with," Trump said.

"This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach," he added.

Sources: Inquisitr, Twitter (234), The Independent / Photo credit: Didier B via Wikimedia Commons

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