Motivated by Hawaii’s move to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban, supporters have launched a social media campaign to boycott the Aloha State.
The hashtag #BoycottHawaii took off on Twitter today after an angry Trump told a rally in Nashville Wednesday night that the ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Honolulu to temporarily block the president’s revised travel ban would make the U.S. weaker.
Describing it as “terrible” and “an unprecedented judicial overreach,” Trump vowed to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The #BoycottHawaii hashtag continued to trend on Twitter this afternoon, as Trump supporters and opponents exchanged jabs over the idea of making the islands pay for Watson’s decision.
For example, travel-ban supporter “Deplorable Laura” tweeted, “Dear Hawaii, I will never spend another vacation in your state again!”, while Theresa_Cali wrote, “Just switched my vacation plans! Heading east instead! Key West, FL here we come!”
But the effort has fueled plenty of jokes and ridicule in response. Kaivan Shroff tweeted,“Hawaii just became the luckiest state in the union. I wish Trumpsters would boycott my state too,” while Twitter user @Impeach_D_Trump added, “#BoycottHawaii You realize you can’t get there in a pickup truck right?”
Even U.S. Sen. Schatz, D-Hawaii, weighed in with his own tweet that included a Hawaiian hashtag meaning “welcome”: “#boycotthawaii is the dumbest thing on the Internet. That is all. #ekomomai.”