Donald Trump fired Sally Yates earlier this year after she refused to carry out his illegal and unconstitutional Muslim ban. It was later revealed that he really fired her because she knew Michael Flynn was dirty in the Trump-Russia scandal. Earlier today, Trump openly declared his loyalty to Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that Russia did not interfere with the election, and attacking the US intelligence community in the process. Yates did not take too kindly to this, and she ripped Trump a new one in response.
Sally Yates tweeted “POTUS embraces Putin yet again telling world he believes former KGB agent’s denial of attack on our election over our own Intel public servants, calling them “political hacks.” Disturbing and shamelessly unpatriotic, on Veterans Day no less.” Her tweet received more likes and retweets than anything that Trump has tweeted in quite some time. She wasn’t the only prominent public figure to rip into Trump for his remarks.
Retired NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, who chooses his words carefully and who
has never been a friend of the American left, ripped into Donald Trump in surprisingly blunt fashion: “pres trump on foreign soil calling 3 u.s. intel professionals “political hacks” while praising Putin and believing his denial of Russian elect interference. where is GOP outrage?” Trump’s former ghostwriter Tony Swartz also hit trump card: “There may or may not be an official agreement but is there any doubt that Trump is a defacto Russian/Putin agent and full-time apologist?”
Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted that “Donald Trump believes Putin over America’s own intelligence community. This is an incredibly dangerous moment for our democracy.” Former US attorney Preet Bharara, also fired by Trump for illegitimate reasons, went the biting sarcasm route, tweeting “Breaking: Trump throws his support behind Putin for Alabama senate seat.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report