Hollywood Tweets Support for Attorney General Fired for Not Defending Immigration Ban
"Dear #SallyYates, you are on the right side of history."
Several celebrities took to Twitter on Monday night to stand in solidarity with Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who was fired by Trump after she refused to defend his refugee and immigration ban in court.
Trump's executive order, signed Friday, temporarily halts the country's refugee program and bans entry for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.
Yates told Justice Department attorneys not to defend Trump's order, as she was not convinced it was constitutional or consistent with the agency's "obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right." She was fired hours later.
Celebrities, including Nick Offerman, Connie Britton and Ava DuVernay, shared their support on Twitter, saying that Yates is "on the right side of history" and praising her "integrity and patriotism."
Trump named federal prosecutor Dana Boente as Yates' replacement.
See how Hollywood reacted below.
Thank you for your integrity and patriotism Sally Yates.— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates. pic.twitter.com/OWMfpwRGIa— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 31, 2017
Wow. Very Disturbing. Yates-a credible career prosecutor for over 20yrs-prosecuted Olympic bomber before becoming Deputy AG & more. https://t.co/bzAshZQimG— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) January 31, 2017
If you disagree, he will attack you. He is dangerous. If he does not change, he must be removed. https://t.co/kROYKLp1yI— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates pic.twitter.com/mVKVAEh2H6— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) January 31, 2017
We need every active civil servant & elected official who opposes travel ban to muster their courage and speak out like hero #SallyYates— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates fired. The last President to fire an Attorney General for political reasons was Nixon.— Danny Cohen (@DannyCohen) January 31, 2017
I was asking the other day "Where are the lawmakers?" Thank you #SallyYates for taking a stand.— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) January 31, 2017
Trump: "You leave this White House now!" Sally Yates rides bus to city. Becomes a taxi dancer. Leads dance revolt against pimp. Triumphs.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2017