Monday, January 30, 2017

EXTRA: Trump literally tells someone “You’re Fired!,” acting AG loses job

It took Richard M. Nixon some five years into his presidency before he gave us the “Saturday Night Massacre” – the Oct. 20, 1973, incident where the Attorney General and deputy were fired for refusing to fire a special prosecutor who dug a little too close into the Watergate break-in for Nixon’s comfort.
YATES: Can hold her head up high

It took Donald J. Trump only 10 days to commit the offense that I’m sure many with a historic or political perspective will compare it to.

TRUMP ON MONDAY ordered the dismissal of Sally Yates, who had been Attorney General since Jan. 20. She took actions Monday saying her office, which serves as the legal representation for federal government, to stop defending the United States against any legal challenges to the Trump executive order that caused so much chaos at airports across the nation, including Chicago's O'Hare International.

The one meant to make it difficult, if not impossible, for people from select Middle Eastern nations to get into this country.

Trump, of course, will take no such insolence – particularly from someone like Yates, who had been a deputy A.G. since 2015 and previously was a U.S. attorney for Northern Georgia.

She only had the top post on an interim basis because Trump didn’t want Attorney General Loretta Lynch remaining in the top post any longer than necessary. She was, after all, a Barack Obama appointee.

I’M SURE THAT as far as Trump is concerned, Yates was someone who came from the Obama era, and he would have replaced her anyway.
NIXON: Not long for Trump to invoke memory

The fact that she was publicly saying a Trump order was wrong? It’s not a shock she’s the first to get a public “You’re Fired!” from Trump, the president. It would be like a gangster firing his attorney who tried to plead him "guilty." Remember how the "Al Capone" character played by Robert DiNiro beat his attorney for doing just that in the 1987 film "The Untouchables" starring Kevin Costner?

Although considering that Yates was merely reflecting the same attitude as a majority of the people who have watched the federal government’s actions this weekend with a sense of shame for their home nation probably means she can now breathe a sigh of relief.

She no longer has to pretend to be a Trump-type person and can now move on with her life. While Trump adds to his reputation as nothing more than a political bully.


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