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:
"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."
We can’t let POTUS’s complete indifference to truth become ours. Constant barrage may be exhausting, but normalizing it is too dangerous.— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) October 24, 2017
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:
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.
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."
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.