Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, who has taken the lead in suing the government over Trump's travel ban, is hoping the president's visit to the Rainbow State this weekend will serve as a learning experience for him and possibly impact his policy decisions.
“I hope that during his brief time here in Hawaii that the president can just understand that there are parts of the country that mostly do not agree with his different policies,” Chin told the Honolulu Star Adviser. “And I hope that he can appreciate the values and priorities that our state and other states in the U.S. stand for.”
Trump is stopping in Hawaii, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, before beginning a nearly two-week trip to parts of Asia.
Chin has been vocal about his disappointment in Trump's policy decisions since the beginning of his presidency, opposing several of Trump's policy decisions and taking action via the legal system and sending letters out to politicians.
“Unfortunately, a lot of those agenda items are either against the Constitution or against our existing laws,” he said. “Time and time again, courts are striking down different policies of the Trump administration, and it’s not for political reasons, but purely because it doesn’t follow the basic tenets of the Constitution.”
Chin told the publication that his resistance to Trump doesn't have anything to do with his political future and that he is focused on supporting Hawaiians.
“If we don’t take a stand against these positions, then we’re in danger of finding ourselves in a really bad place somewhere down the road due to our silence,” he said.