In her role as Acting Attorney General proceeding the exit of Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates did the one thing certain to enrage Trump. She stood up to him.
As a hat tip to the courage and patriotism it took Yates to make that stand, someone updated her Wikipedia page to reflect the gratitude the public has for her actions.
On Monday, Yates wrote a letter to lawyers in the Justice Department warning them not to bring arguments to her court defending Trump’s Muslim ban, an executive order banning travel to those born in seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. Yates refused to uphold the order in defense of the U.S. Constitution.
‘At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.’
Trump, whose choice for attorney general has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, was not pleased with Yates’ dissent.
The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
Shortly after that tweet went out, Yates was fired.
The edit on Sally Yates’ Wikipedia page has since been removed, but her actions have cemented her in the minds of millions as a hero in the fight for justice and equality.
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