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Dem Senator Calls Conservative Justices ‘Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse’

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) called Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas "the three horsemen of the apocalypse" on MSNBC on Monday as she decried President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning travel from six nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hirono criticized the justices for wanting to lift the injunction against Trump's executive order, which the other six justices agreed to review. Hirono called the order a "Muslim ban," despite the fact that it does not affect about 88 percent of the world's Muslims.

"This is like the three horsemen of the apocalypse, and they're waiting for the fourth one to come along so they can go on their trend toward what I call extremism," she said.

Hirono also singled out Gorsuch for opprobrium, saying that she opposed him during his contentious confirmation process. She implied that Gorsuch was showing favoritism to Trump, an argument that Gorsuch faced during confirmation.

"I'm not surprised at all that Neil Gorsuch is right in there with Thomas and Alito, pretty much telling the president, ‘You go right ahead, impose a Muslim ban,'" Hirono said.

"I'm glad the other justices are not there quite yet," she added.

But Trump called the majority's decision "a clear victory for our national security." They agreed to bar those without a "bona fide relationship" with someone in the United States from entering the country while they review the order.

"It's hardly a clear victory, and in fact, everything that the president talks about—'Everything is great, wonderful'—it's still a Muslim ban," Hirono said.

Hirono also said she did not support the partial reinstatement of the executive order.

"‘Showing some kind of bona fide relationship'—I don't know what that means," she said.