Get ready for political candidate Sally Yates.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired for insubordination after she told DOJ not to defend Trump’s immigration Executive Order, is being held up as a new hero by the left for doing so.
She attended an event on race in Atlanta this week and got a standing ovation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:
Sally Yates gets hero’s welcome at Atlanta race panel discussion:
Sally Yates in 2020?
That was the hot half-joking question Wednesday night as the former acting attorney general made one of her first public appearances — at the Carter Presidential Library — since being fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to impose his controversial refugee ban.
Yates, who was sitting in the audience during a race panel that featured author Michael Eric Dyson, activist DeRay McKesson and Yates’ former boss, Eric Holder, was asked by a member of the audience whether she was interested in running for office.
“I am just here in the audience,” Yates said, so quietly that moderator Douglas Blackmon had to repeat it.
Earlier, Yates walked into the auditorium alongside Holder to a standing ovation. Holder held his hand over Yates’ head and urged the crowd.
Later, in what could have been a Freudian slip or a hint at his own future, the former attorney general under Barack Obama yelled, “Holder/Yates: 2020!”
Someone yelled back, “Yates/Holder!”
Professor Jacobson called it on Twitter:
Of course, her attempt to sabotage DOJ defense of executive order launched her political career https://t.co/quMFKL0d1f
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) February 18, 2017
Democrats don’t have much to lose at this point and are already urging her to jump into the race for governor in Georgia. Politico reports:
Georgia Democrats try to lure Sally Yates into governor’s race
Sally Yates saw her public profile soar after she defied President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. Now, Georgia Democratic operatives and politicians are hoping the former acting attorney general will cash in some of that political capital with a gubernatorial run.
Yates received a standing ovation Wednesday night at a panel on race relations in Atlanta during one of her first public appearances since the end of her tumultuous 10-day tenure as the acting attorney general.
“I don’t think you can think of any possible candidates in Georgia and not mention Sally Yates’ name right now,” said Tharon Johnson, who was the national southern regional director for Obama’s 2012 campaign and a former adviser to Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed. “She’s a symbol of hope and resistance when it comes to standing up to Donald Trump.”
State Sen. Elena Parent of Atlanta, who has introduced a resolution looking to commend Yates in the state senate, called her “a hometown hero” who stood up for the constitution.
“She is a symbol of the anti-Trump resistance sweeping this country, and if this next election is a referendum on Trump, then that’s a very good place to be,” Parent said.
Had she defied President Obama in such a public way, the left would have called her a traitor but none of that matters now.
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