R.I.P. Democracy

Earlier this evening, acting Attorney General Sally Yates issued a statement regarding Trump’s executive order to ban all immigrants from seven Middle-Eastern nations. The statement read, in part:

“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. For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”

Within a few hours, Donald Trump fired Sally Yates.

The official White House statement read:

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.

It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.

Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”

“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.

Let it be known that Trump is now the dictator of the United States, where no dissenting opinions, no dialog, no criticism is to be tolerated.

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19 thoughts on “R.I.P. Democracy

  1. Everything he does, I keep asking my husband, “Can he really do this?” At a point, I thought the most damage he would inflict would be the divisiveness he’s created (figured he was all talk and just getting the gig to stoke his ego), but the past two weeks have been horrifying.

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    • Yes, many people thought his rhetoric on the campaign trail was just that … rhetoric, and that he would calm down and become “presidential” once he took office. I always thought that “what you see is what you get”. Even so, I did not imagine how quickly he would do such a vast amount of damage! I am horrified just thinking about what the next two weeks will bring. The “man” has got to GO!!!

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  2. I’m waiting to hear how the Republican leadership, specifically Mr. McConnell and Mr. Ryan, justify this. Will we see congressional bills pop up to override these EOs or will they not have enough to override any vetoes. It will be interesting to see if our checks and balances still work.

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    • I saw a meme on Facebook this morning … showed a picture of McConnell and Ryan and said science was baffled as to how these two are able to stand upright without spines. 😀 Yes, I think there are some cracks in the system of checks and balances, especially once Trump fills the Supreme Court vacancy, but it will be interesting.

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  3. And the news keeps on coming. I tend to believe that it is indeed a ‘stun them so often they’ll get used to it and we can do anything’ tactic. I emailed you last night about a post I read from a blogger I haven’t come across before and whose credentials I can’t judge (they seem pukka) but it was disturbing. If you can’t find my mail check your spam folder – I seem to be fated to swim in the same pool as the junk!

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  4. Reminds me of the Saturday night massacre, but in that case, Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus resigned or were fired so as not to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. President Nixon did not like Cox getting so close to the truth.

    Trump can fire Yates, but like with Nixon, he may have made a martyr out of Yates and equated himself with a man who would have been impeached had he not resigned.


    • I had the same thought, initially. The major difference I see is that what Nixon did he did in a frantic move to keep his own ship afloat … devious and wrong, but a motive that one can put a finger on. Whereas Trump’s firing of Yates was a knee-jerk reaction to not getting his way. I do hope this has some ramifications for him … if he gets by with this unchecked, I shudder to think what is next.

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  5. Dear Jill,
    I expected this. I have been busy with visiting family in Chicago but when I return home, I will be calling my republican legislators everyday about their support for this man. I live in the USA not Russia.

    Hugs, Gronda

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