For a super short period at the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump was Sally Yates鈥 boss 鈥 Yates was Acting Attorney General before Trump appointed current AG, Jeff Sessions. She was fired for a couple of reasons: one was that she鈥檚 been hired by President Obama; the other was that she had refused to back the Trump travel ban, arguing that there was a good chance that the ban wasn鈥檛 even legal. Then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer (more recently fired by Trump, but not for a lack of support for the president鈥檚 wishes, whims, and social media decrees) told the media, 鈥淢s. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country.鈥

This weekend, following the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, Sally Yates showed that she was serious AF about protecting the country. Namely: the Americans who risked their own personal safety by standing up against the hate groups rallying in Charlottesville to send a message that white supremacy and racial intolerance are not welcome in their city.

One of the protesters, Heather Heyer, died in the attack, along with two other victims. Trump expressed his condolences to Heyer鈥檚 family, adding that the violence in Charlottesville came from 鈥渕any sides,鈥 and made a vague statement about hate, tweeting: 鈥淲e ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets [sic] come together as one!鈥 His response left a lot of people wondering why the president was so reluctant to speak out directly against far-right organizations and label the incident as terrorism.

For Yates (and many other Americans) the omission was simply unacceptable 鈥 so she posted her own message:

The post has been retweeted nearly 60,000 times. Meanwhile, Yates鈥 successor, Sessions, has said that President Trump鈥檚 reaction to the violence in Charlottesville was 鈥渧ery strong,鈥 telling the media that the president 鈥渢otally opposes鈥 white supremacism. The president has since issued the following statement as of Monday afternoon, over 48 hours after the violence began: 鈥淩acism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.鈥

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