During his inauguration speech, Donald Trump elaborated on the “American carnage” he thought to have been taking place, eventually citing President Obama’s supposed dereliction of presidential duties over the last eight years as cause. He went on to promise those in attendance and watching at home that his primary focus as President would be to put America first. Now, having only ever been a businessman, Trump has never had to care for the needs of many, but only those of his own. It looks as though his history of incompetence will continue into his presidency. Just eleven days into his four-year term, Trump has given a minute demonstration to America and the rest of the anxious world looking on as to what that could really mean moving forward. For a man with a demeanor so abhorrent as it pertains to immigrants, he seems to have no reservations with the migration of tyranny and governmental overreach into Washington, D.C.
On what is now being dubbed the Monday Night Massacre, – an allusion to the Saturday Night Massacre, (a Nixon-era slashing of an official who disagreed with the then-President) – news last night of acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ unexpected-but-immediate termination broke across the country, followed by a much expected opposition.
The decision to relieve her of her duties came immediately after Miss Yates openly defied the sitting president, stating that whilst under her leadership, the Department of Justice and all of its lawyers would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration (explained better in-depth here). She would go on to explain, “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.”
As Sally Yates was later fired for standing bravely opposed to a man who understands neither basic compassion, nor the duties of his job as President, those in America railing against a racially charged immigration ban cheered her on. The administration, however, did not share mutual feelings about the dissent. It hadn’t yet been five minutes after that a statement from the desk of Press Secretary Sean Spicer was released:
“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…Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
The expedient response to what had happened seemed to have been written with intentional tones of condescension and malice. Given that there is no evidence to suggest Yates as being “weak on borders,” or even “very weak on illegal immigration,” the explanation was not only a way for the administration to have the last word, but it sounded similar to every other adolescent-like tirade Trump has on Twitter.
Yates herself did not betray the Department of Justice, or the American people. By refusing to defend an incredibly unjust law, which lacks credible evidence needed to explain why it’s even necessary to enforce, she protected the laws written within the Constitution from being infringed upon, which, for the record, is the job of the President of the United States.
While Mr. Trump is well within presidential limits in terminating the acting Attorney General, he has stepped far out of line when it comes to the method he used to terminate and replace her, as well as the reasoning behind the termination.
Dissent within government is not uncommon, and is not without precedence, especially as it pertains to Presidents and various other governing officials. The ability to openly disagree with members of opposing political parties is an idea which helped lay the groundwork of what America would become. However, firing someone who disagrees with what you believe is neither American, nor is it part of the democratic process we have operated under for 240 years. It is, however, tyrannical in nature.
Donald Trump was elected for a multiplicity of dizzying reasons which make little-to-no sense, but perhaps the most perplexing of which was the assertion that his business practices were, largely speaking, successful. Essentially, he was elected to run the country as he would one of his many unsucessful businesses, which is perhaps the only area of his presidency in which he has yet to disappoint the public.
By dismissing Sally Yates for refusing to comply and act as he had wished, and for overreaching the powers granted to him as President, Donald Trump has reminded us that, no matter how much money you have, no matter how successful you may appear to be, and no matter how many people believe in what you say, terrible businessmen will always run terrible busineses.