Sally Quillian Yates was fired today from her position as acting United States Attorney General for refusing to defend Trump’s executive order to close U.S. borders and ban people from Muslim countries.
A native of Georgia, Yates had been appointed by President Barack Obama. She worked her way up as a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. She was nominated by President Obama to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia on March 10, 2010. She continued her service to the Obama administration as the Vice Chair of The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
On May 13, 2015, she was confirmed as Deputy Attorney General of the United States by the Senate with an overwhelming 89 percent approval.
She was then approached by the Trump Administration to serve as the Acting Attorney General beginning on January 20, 2017.
Her termination from her post continues Donald Trump’s war on women. This war is not where he and his administration attack the population of women as a whole. They attack the leaders — the ones who show others like them that you can achieve regardless of gender.
Instead of bowing down to his unconstitutional order, she stood steadfast announcing that the Justice Department lawyers refuse to defend Mr. Trump’s order against any and all legal challenges.
You can read Donald Trump’s executive order here: “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To the United States”.
Pending Congressional confirmation, she will be replaced by Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama — a man that Senator Ted Kennedy announced it was “inconceivable … that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a US attorney, let alone a United States federal judge.”
In these moments, we must always remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” or in this case – woman.
You make us proud, Sally.
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