Monday, January 30, 2017


Sally Yates has been fired:
President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night, after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers Monday not to defend his immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world....

Earlier on Monday, Yates ordered Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo that she is not convinced the order is lawful....

“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,” Yates wrote. She wrote that “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.”
I agree that this is a horrible executive order. I just wonder how the Yates situation will play with most Americans. I don't think they'll focus on it for very long -- the Trump administration is determined to create a new form of chaos every day or two, so I think this act of refusal and this firing will be all but forgotten within a week -- but for the moment I suspect Trump's position might seem reasonable to a lot of ordinary Americans, even those who are finding many of the victims of the executive order sympathetic.

A lot of Americans will reason that Trump is the president and therefore he deserves accommodation of his actions by other government officials. It's true that the attorney general is supposed to maintain independence from the White House, but I don't think most people grasp that. They know Trump has appointed an attorney general, and they probably think Jeff Sessions should be allowed to get on with his work -- except among progressives, there regrettably doesn't seem to be any national outrage at Sessions. But until the confirmation process is concluded, I'm guessing most Americans will think that Trump deserves some deference from government officials.

Also, after a week of wild, flailing administration activity, we have Trump being the guy everyone knows from TV. Headline at Fox News:
SHE’S FIRED! Trump ousts acting AG over refusal to defend refugee order
Headline at Breitbart:
You’re Fired: Trump Fires AG for ‘Betrayal’
For the moment, this lets Trump seem like the decisive CEO rather than the impulsive brat leading a government full of other impulsive brats, all of whom enjoy kicking hornets' nests just to see what happens.

Maybe I'm wrong about how this will be perceived. But in any case, this won't be an enduring story. There'll be new chaos any minute now.


Victor said...

This doesn't even qualify as a minor problem by tomorrow evening.
It's like worrying about a kid taking a tinkle in the ocean's beach water, which you can now see because the water is rushing back from the shore only to return to pound that shore with a monster tsunami in a matter of moments.

Remember, tomorrow is the day that t-TRUMPle-Thin-Skin, Bannon, Reince, Mitch, Ryan, Pence, and all of the rest of the Republicans/conservatives in the national and state Mental Asylu... uhm... legislatures unveil their greatest "FUCK YOU!!!" ever to Libtards:
Their SCOTUS nominee!

I miss Scalia slready...

Never Ben Better said...

We're being Gish-galloped into fascism.

Feud Turgidson said...

"How bad do you think it's gonna be?"

'Pretty god damn bad. Probably most will line up against us. That's alright: this thing's gotta happen every second administration or so ... third administration. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been over 2 adminstrations since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning - like they shoulda stopped Hitler at Munich. They shoulda never let him get away with that. They was just askin' for big trouble.'

Last time I watched a president caught red-handed doing this, he lasted 10 months. Taking the under this time.

AllieG said...

Nothing will ever appall Trump's base, the 27 percent. They want to see human suffering and chaos, because they are failed human beings. But less wretched folks crave security, too, and nonstop confusion in Washington doesn't make them feel secure.

ChrisNBama said...

It won't matter to the folks we have to reach to win the next election. Heartlanders see it as strength, decisiveness, etc. They also see the Muslim ban as a good first step. The folks who normally vote democratic are outraged, of course. Perhaps they will actually come out in numbers and vote in 2018, but that remains to be seen.

Unknown said...

Any bets as to how long it will be before Bannon (oops, I mean Trump) orders the DHS to break up a protest demonstration and then declares martial law?