Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono decried what she saw as judicial "extremism" from three conservative Supreme Court justices and called them three of the "horsemen of the apocalypse." She flung the inflammatory rhetoric on MSNBC Monday in response to Supreme Court rulings being handed down.
"It's hardly a clear victory," Hirono said to Andrea Mitchell, "and in fact everything that the president talks about, everything is great, wonderful, it's still a Muslim ban. And by listing a part of the injunction, by creating a category of people who will be able to come in by showing a bona fide relationship with people or institutions in our country, I don't know what that means."
"By the way," she added, "you know, Neil Gorsuch, who I did not support as a Supreme Court Justice he's joined two of the most conservatives justices Clarence Thomas and uh Alito on the court to take the position that the entire injunction should have been lifted."
"This is like the three horsemen of the apocalypse, and they're waiting for the fourth one to come along so that they can go on their trend towards what I call 'extremism.'"
"And that's exactly the, I'm not surprised at all that Neil Gorsuch is right in there with Thomas and Alito, in wanting to, pretty much tell the president, 'you go right ahead, impose a Muslim ban.' I'm glad that the other justices aren't there quite yet.
She was referring to the decision from the Supreme Court Monday to take up the question of the constitutionality of President Trump's travel ban. While the president's executive action had been stalled in the courts, the Supreme Court ruled that portions of the ban could be implemented while they took up the case.
Far from being ashamed of her rhetoric, Hirono posted a video of her comments on her social media account, reiterating, "#MuslimBan still targets religion. But 3 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Gorsuch, Alito & Thomas want to see their extreme agenda enacted."
While the limited travel ban implementation was approved by unanimous accord, the three conservative justices Hirono named went further and said that a full travel ban should have been allowed until the case is taken up for consideration in October.
Hirono follows the example of heated political rhetoric from prominent Democrats like Rep. Elizabeth Warren who tweeted that Republicans were accepting "blood money" over their health care bill, and Hillary Clinton who called the Republicans the "party of death."