No hope for bipartisan politics as Trump openly mocks Democrats over immigration stance
Donald Trump is mocking Democrats for their refusal to accept his potentially illegal immigration order. The President’s attack on institutional Democrats started just one day after he fired the acting attorney general for refusing to defend his executive order.
Trump also demanded that the Senate confirm his pick to lead the Department of Justice — Jeff Sessions.
“Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!” he proclaimed.
He then declared that it’s no wonder the US government no longer works.
When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet! They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn't work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
The tweets came a morning after Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. Based on actual legal precedent, she refused to honor the President’s temporary immigration ban from seven Muslim countries.
Trump immediately appointed a U.S. attorney from Virginia to run the department until the Senate votes on whether to confirm Sessions, something that is expected to happen this week.
The furor over Trump’s travel ban comes as he prepares to make a major a legal announcement Tuesday night: a Supreme Court nomination.
Democrats blasted Trump’s dismissal of Yates and pledged to make it and the new Trump order a part of the debate over Sessions’ nomination.
Following the removal of Sally Yates, Schumer said, “The firing of Sally Yates underscores how important it is to have an Attorney General who will stand up to the White House when they are violating the law… Many people have doubts about whether Jeff Sessions can be that person.”
After Yates was fired, acting AG Dana Boente says he will ‘defend and enforce’ laws.
Sessions is likely to be confirmed because Republicans control 52 of the 100 Senate seats needed to bring him into power.
Schumer described the Yates dismissal as a “Monday Night Massacre.” The White House said Trump was well within his rights and that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
The White House issued a statement which declared, “Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas went on to defend Donald Trump’s use of his TV catchphrase — “you’re fired” to end disagreements. “That’s the only way we’re going to get things cleaned up, and get political hacks out,” he told Fox & Friends.
During her confirmation hearing in 2015 Sessions asked the now fired Attorney General the following question: “If the views the president wants to execute is unlawful, should the attorney general or deputy attorney general say no?”
Her reply: “Senator, I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has the obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president.”
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