Sally Yates Tweets About Trump After Months Of Silence & She Isn’t Holding Back
There are only seven tweets on the former deputy attorney general's Twitter account. For two months, she's been silent, having last spoken up when President Trump pardoned controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But on Oct. 24, Sally Yates returned to criticize Trump, which, in fact, is pretty much all she's ever used her Twitter account for.
"We can't let POTUS's complete indifference to truth become ours," Yates wrote. "Constant barrage may be exhausting, but normalizing it is too dangerous."
Yates was the acting attorney general for 10 days until she was fired by the president in late January for refusing to defend his executive order that would have banned some immigrants and refugees from traveling to the United States. At the time, she outlined in a letter exactly why she would not instruct the Department of Justice's lawyers to defend the order:
My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts. In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.
"At present," she added, "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."
It's hard to pinpoint what exactly Yates might be referring to with this tweet, considering the news cycle has included several stories about Trump recently, including his back and forth with a Gold Star widow; the appearance of eight border wall prototypes; his step-by-step dismantling of Obamacare; and a reported "battle over taxes" with Sen. Bob Corker.
In fact, Yates tweeted about the same time that Corker was tweeting something similar. Just about an hour earlier, Corker had written, "Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff." His tweet had been in response to tweets from Trump that read:
Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee is now fighting Tax Cuts. ... Corker dropped out of the race in Tennessee when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!
Again, it's not clear if that is the "indifference to truth" that Yates was referring to in her tweet. But considering that the story of the "feud" between Trump and Corker was dominating the internet Tuesday, it's certainly a possibility.
Yates' past tweets have all referred either directly to the president or to the Trump administration. Her most recent tweet on Aug. 25 was about the pardon of Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt related to his discrimination of immigrants.
With his pardon pen, POTUS reveals his own contempt for our Constitution, our courts, and our founding principles of equality and justice.
Two weeks before that, she tweeted about the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left protester Heather Heyer dead. At the time, Trump waffled on denouncing white supremacy and instead insisted that there was violence on "both sides."
The poison spewed by Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK is not who we are as a country. Takes less than 140 characters to say it.
While it might not be totally clear what incident Yates is speaking out about this time, one thing is for certain: She's isn't done standing up to President Trump.