On Monday evening, just when you thought it was safe to go to bed, Donald Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates for — brace yourself — "betraying" the White House. Yates had committed the grievous sin of pointing out that Trump's refugee ban did not align with her understanding of "stand[ing] for what's right." The whole thing is horrifying and unjust — and a Yates-themed "You're Fired!" meme from The Apprentice waiting to happen.
You can't make this up, can you? Real estate tycoon carves out a career on reality television, rising to notoriety for the catchphrase "You're fired!" as he eliminates yet another contestant. Reality television star uses economic uncertainty and fear to his advantage and becomes president-elect. Ten days after being sworn in, said president has already provoked chaos around the globe, and kicks off his second week by firing somebody who dared to oppose his (wholly unjust, unhelpful, and unproductive) ban on the people who need immigration most — refugees, and in particular refugees from war-torn Syria.
It's like watching car crash. It's a severe undermining of democracy. It could be grounds for a constitutional crisis. As Twitter struggled to grapple with the America in which we now like, it was also a "You're Fired!" meme.
There Were Memes...
There Were Bad Jokes...
Trump practiced "you're fired for years". Today he applied it to an insubordinate acting atty general. Congratulations.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) January 31, 2017
Pres. Trump had an "Apprentice" flashback tonight. Told Sally Yates "You're Fired". She put her stuff in a box, they drove her off in Limo.— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) January 31, 2017
The firing of Sally Yates was a test by Trump to see which media outlets would run "you're fired" in the headline— nick price (@nickprice91) January 31, 2017
And There Were Jokes That Were... All Right
Honestly the worst thing about the possibility of Trump being impeached is going to be every publication ever saying "You're fired!"— Alan (@ActionAlan) January 31, 2017
Trump blew his chance to go on national television and say "You're Fired" to Sally Yates before pivoting to his SC pick. He's slipping.— Bryan Murphy (@Every6thDay) January 31, 2017
State Department: We quit.— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) January 26, 2017
Donald Trump: You're fired!
State Department: Whatever. You're fucked.
And This Was Just Depressing
@POTUS says to "Acting" AG--"You're Fired!" Refreshing to have Pres w/ guts to fire arrogant and belligerent staff not elected to anything.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 31, 2017
"You're fired." Exactly what Acting AG deserved and probably wanted. She left @realDonaldTrump no choice.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 31, 2017
Others Were A Little More Hopeful
But just like the AG. You're going to be fired anyway, might as well go down on the right side of history.— Lane Hannah (@hereandthere) January 31, 2017
Even as Twitter loses its mind over this, remember: This lends itself well to a nifty catchphrase, but this is not a joke. Firing a person who doesn't agree with your prejudice is what dictators do.