The plot continues to thicken for the Trump administration, and their outrageous immigration ban on several Muslim majority countries.
After issuing the order on Friday, Trump could only watch as the American public, the legal system, and his global contemporaries took his executive order to the woodshed.
When you alienate 134,000,000 people (On Holocaust remembrance day no less) on the basis of religon, in the form of a legally flimsy piece of legislation, you run the risk of experiecing an epic political humiliation, and the general disdain of the entire planet.
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) January 30, 2017
Which Trump is in the midst of as we speak, the man has made quite the bed to lay in.
Judge Ann M Donnelly dropped a bomb on Trump and his sycophants on Saturday night, when she granted an emergency stay in wake of the refugee crisis that literally popped up over night at airports all over the country.
This blackmark on America was completley of President Trump’s making, and he seemed to revel in the anarchy that the country suffered through over the weekend.
Donnelly’s ruling was a watershed moment in American history, an important legal precedent in the battle against this demagogue of a President.
Once Judge Donnelly stood up, it was only a matter of time before the legal and judicial community followed suite.
After all, who could argue with her basic reasoning for blocking the illegal deportation of citizens with valid credentials?
Certainly not Trump’s administration, even now, they still have yet to produce a cogent legal argument that would stand up in court, and guess what?
They never will because it’s impossible, there is no practical position to defend that order in this social climate.
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 31, 2017
Trump’s White House, after parading around Washington DC like conquering stormtroopers, ran for the hills when this executive order was crushed by the ALCU.
I wrote that day that the legal struggle to remove this orderdid not end with Judge Donnelly’s ruling, that the work of the American people was just begining.
Despite that, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the land body slammed Trump’s executive order today, and practically ensured that it will never stand up in court.
Trump might see it as a protectonist measure, a novel idea to keep America safe.
But everyone else is living in the real world, and acting acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a Barack Obama appointee, issued an effective death sentence today to Trump’s controversial order.
From the AP
“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,” she said in a letter. “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.”
"Everyone says 'I wonder what I would have done if I was around when the Holocaust was going on' and this is the time to know" pic.twitter.com/H4dsRELeHQ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 30, 2017
“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,” she wrote.
Sally Yates decision took courage, integrity, and class.
Bravo to this remarkable woman, and thank heavens we have a true patriot on the front lines.
She is throwing herself to the political slaughter with this move, and she is doing it in the best interest of the American people.
That is what we want from our leaders, not oppressive demands, but sacrifice.
Many GOP constituents are dismissing her action as irrelevant, Trump’s pick for AG Jeff Sessions, could merely be days away from being confirmed, and he will almost certainly reverse this decision, and be willing to use the Justice Department to defend the executive action.
But it does not matter, this is all about precedent, and the army of lawyers that are going to come after the President in the next few weeks.
There is not more respected legal mind in the country than Sally Yates, not at this moment, her word carries serious weight, and this decision is going to be cited by any competentimmigration attorney over the course of who knows how many civil actions.
Sessions himself is going to be under immense pressure to be an objective legal mind, and his confirmation will have to hinge upon his approach this situation.
If he plans on using the AG office as a weapon, and not a defense against injustice, lawmakers cannot give him access to that office.
No matter what President Trump says.
This is important, and a massive defeat for President Trump, and his team.
This train wreck also proves that President Trump did not discuss this order with concerned elements within the government, he made a unilateral decision without weighing the legal consequences, or the absolute chaos that would ensue.
Democracy is about discussion, discourse, working together in the interest of everyone, not just a showman who is obssessed with provoking the masses.
Yes the silent majority got Trump elected, but since a record amount of people didn’t vote, I am not prepared to label them the majority of this country.
Trump did what has always done, threw his weight around and asked questions later.
The problem is he is no longer a CEO, he is the President of the United states, 324,000,000 people depend on him to be a loving and responsible leader.
I think we can all agree he is incapable of being either.
This decision further discredits a Trump Presidency that already is being held in horrible regard historically.
We knew he would struggle to unify the people, but nobody could have predicted the problems he would have unifying the government he is charged with administrating.
Chuck Schumer on DOJ and travel ban: "This is a poor reflection on President Trump and his entire administration" https://t.co/W7KcvnrasD
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates represents the type of opposition that will render this admistration impotent if they continue upon this path.
The problem with Trump’s White House is the people he has tasked with helping him run the government.
Sean Spicer, Stephen Bannon, and Kellyane Conway are already among the worst Presidential staffers this country has ever seen.
They are a raging dumpster fire independent of one another, and America is being burned on a daily basis.
These are the people behind the incongrous decisions that have sent our society to a place we simply don’t want to be in.
They are also the reason America should not fret, or lose hope.
This administration is destroying itself one day at a time, and they lack the experience to do anything about it.
It’s only been a week, and yet, it feels like the White House is literally falling apart.
The social and legal rebuke of Trump’s immigration ban, the disorganization of his team’s gameplan, and the half baked statements claiming “everything is working out nicely” brings a smile to my face.
We are looking at the definiton of a one term President.
President Donald Trump has fired Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the “extreme vetting” executive order.
BREAKING: President Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusal to enforce 'extreme vetting' executive order
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2017
This news is the most surreal twist yet, because a respected lawmaker was fired for correctly labeling an executive action unconstitutional.
From The White House
“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,”
This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.”
— Adam Greenberg (@pragmactivist) January 31, 2017
America is in uncharted territory, the American President is abusing his power, and forcing unlawful policies upon the American people.
This situation alone could justify an article of impeachment.
The responsibility to check President Trump now resides with Congress.