This past Friday, President Trump made his first visit to the Hawaiian islands since taking office, stopping there ahead of a nearly two week tour of Asia.
In the 2016 presidential election, Trump lost the state of Hawaii by a 32 percent margin to Hillary Clinton — and, in the circumstances surrounding his visit to the state, it showed.
In the days ahead of his visit, as the Los Angeles Times reports in a front page story, Hawaiians spread an image around on social media that cleverly plays on the state’s past relationship with Trump, and the story was republished in Hawaii newspapers.
The image is an edit of a popular postcard, which in its original form, depicts Waikiki Beach and reads “Aloha.” In the edited version, a scoreboard has been placed on the beach, reading: “Hawaii: 3 Trump: 0,” and the caption has been changed to read “Wish you weren’t here…” — which is still in the original, wistful font.
Hawaii’s winning “score” against the president comes from the Trump Administration’s ongoing push to enact a Muslim-targeting travel ban as a supposedly necessary national security measure.
Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson has shot down the travel ban three times, each time winning the praise of millions across the country — and the ire of the president and his supporters.
Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against the nation’s justice system, and one of the excuses he cited for doing so was one of Judge Watson’s rulings against his travel ban.
Although his most infamous tweets about a “so-called” judge who ruled against his travel ban were directed at Washington’s James Robart, Trump has also repeatedly railed against Watson’s “terrible” judgment.
Remember — there remains no legitimate reason for Trump’s repeated travel bans.
On Friday, when the president actually made it to Honolulu, a large, in-person protest presence rose up against him, with the “Wish you weren’t here” sentiment getting transferred into signs and protest messages. The protesters outnumbered those who turned out in support of the president.
This must have been a nice view from Trump’s motorcade presidential motorcade as drove to state capital in Hawaii pic.twitter.com/FHIaQC6C8e
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) November 4, 2017
As professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Jon Osorio put it when pressed about his attitude about Trump’s visit:
‘Oh no. It’s horrible. He’s bound to say something foolish on nuclear weapons, or North Korea, or race or native Hawaiians or the large number of Asian people who live here.’
Freelance writer James Kay added:
‘I don’t know if Hawaii even registers on the Trump scale. We seem so low-priority to him. I’ve lived here 20 years and I don’t hear about Trump much. But Obama is a homeboy. He’s still on people’s minds.’
Trump, during his short stop in Hawaii this Friday, visited — among other places — the Pearl Harbor memorial. He’s on his way to Asia, where he will “attend meetings with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders group and the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations,” in the description of the Los Angeles Times.
Check out further images of those who turned out against the president in Hawaii below.
Featured Image via Mark Wilson/ Getty Images