Trump backers pushed for a boycott against Hawaii and denounced the Aloha State. They called Hawaii un-American after Trump’s second attempt at a ban that targets Muslim-majority countries was halted.
One Twitter user even asked Hawaii what they knew about attacks on the U.S., completely forgetting Pearl Harbor and its “date which will live in infamy.”
Trump supporters launched similar boycotts against Nordstroms after the department store dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, and Starbucks after it announced it would hire 10,000 refugees. This time, boycotters want to punish the Aloha State by hurting its substantial tourism industry.
But if they wanted to piss off Hawaiians, they apparently failed. Hawaii has always had a love-hate relationship with tourists. Where Trump supporters saw the ultimate act of revenge, the Aloha State saw empty beaches, less traffic and fewer xenophobic visitors from the mainland.
If boycotters wanted to stop Americans from visiting the islands, their plan seems to be backfiring. Many people in the continental U.S. thought that a Hawaii free of Trump supporters made the island chain an even more attractive destination.
So if you’re thinking of taking the 50th state off your travel bucket list, remember this: Hawaii thinks it will be just fine (if not better) without you.