In wake of travel ban ruling, #BoycottHawaii trending on social media

Updated: Mar. 16, 2017 at 12:19 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the wake of a Hawaii judge's ruling against President Trump's travel ban, #BoycottHawaii is trending on social media.

But here's the twist: The hashtag is being used by those who support the president's executive order — and by those who don't.

The hashtag is part of a social media backlash against the islands in the wake of Wednesday's ruling, which blocked the Trump administration's revised travel ban from going into effect just hours before it was set to do so.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson said in his ruling that granted a temporary restraining order against the ban that Hawaii has "met its burden of establishing a strong likelihood ... that irreparable injury is likely."

A federal judge in Maryland has since also granted a preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of the ban nationwide.

The White House, meanwhile, has vowed to appeal Hawaii's ruling.

At a rally in Nashville on Wednesday, Trump called Watson's ruling "unprecedented judicial overreach" and said it made the United States look "weak."

On Hawaii News Now on Thursday, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said the ruling merely freezes the ban from going into effect as legal challenges to the executive order proceed.

"It is only temporary," he said. "What is likely to happen is that the U.S. government might do the same thing they did in Washington, which is take an emergency appeal up to the 9th Circuit."

Response to the ruling has sparked a fierce debate, including on social media.

And on Thursday morning, #BoycottHawaii was trending on Twitter.

"Just switched my vacation plans -- heading east instead. Key West, Florida here we come!," one user wrote.

Another wrote, "Hawaii is far left of California and New York. Their judge's decision on the #TravelBan comes as no surprise. 'Coincidentally' Obama was there for ruling."

Others, however, pledged their support for the Aloha State — and used the hashtag #BoycottHawaii to make their voices heard.

One wrote, "#BoycottHawaii is trending and it's making me LOL! #ByeTrumpSupporters"

Another tweeted: "Aloha = hello, goodbye, love, compassion & kindness. #Resist #TravelBan shows your compassion. I'll never #BoycottHawaii."

Even U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, got in on the action.

He tweeted on Thursday afternoon: "#BoycottHawaii is the dumbest thing on the Internet. That is all."

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