Human Behavior

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Georgia gives Trump some problems

For a couple of months, Georgia obviously was one of Donald Trump’s favorite states.

The state’s Republicans delivered 16 electoral votes to Trump, a key part of the Electoral College coalition that enabled him to claim the presidency despite trailing Hillary Clinton by nearly three million popular votes.

Trump’s gratitude could be seen in his selection of two Georgians, Congressman Tom Price of Roswell and former governor Sonny Perdue, for appointments to his cabinet. These are among the most prestigious positions in Washington.

But lately, some other Georgians have proven to be a very effective at getting under Trump’s skin.

A few days before Trump was sworn into office, Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta announced he would boycott the inauguration and questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s election.

An outraged Trump fired back with a series of Tweets denouncing Lewis and trashing the Fifth Congressional District that he represents.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump blasted.

Barely more than a week later, another Washington figure with an Atlanta background was doing battle with Trump: Sally Yates, the acting attorney general.

Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, was temporarily the head of the justice department until a new attorney general could be confirmed. She instructed the department’s lawyers not to defend in court Trump’s controversial executive order banning Muslim immigrants from seven countries.

“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Yates wrote in a letter to justice attorneys. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”

Trump was even more outraged by this affront to his authority. Within hours, he had fired Yates.

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said in a statement. “”Ms Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

For Republicans, it’s easy to brush aside Lewis’ statements as sour grapes from a member of the party that lost the presidential election.

Criticisms of Yates are a little more problematic, however.

When she was the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta, among the people Yates sent to prison was Atlanta’s corrupt Democratic mayor, Bill Campbell. Lewis, in fact, opposed the Obama administration’s decision to appoint Yates as the U.S. Attorney precisely because she prosecuted Campbell.

When President Obama named Yates the deputy attorney general in 2015, both of Georgia’s Republican senators voted to confirm her, along with most of the Senate Republicans.

“She is fair; she is smart; she is intelligent; and as a Georgia Bulldog, she’s what we call a double-dawg,” Sen. Johnny Isakson said at Yates’ confirmation. “She has her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Georgia . . . Sally Quillian Yates is a great Georgian and will be a great Deputy U.S. Attorney General of the United States of America.”

Yates’ opinion about the legality of Trump’s executive order is also being supported by federal judges across the country. Several of these judges have issued temporary injunctions to block its enforcement.

The most far-reaching of these orders, which is national in its scope, was issued by federal Judge James Robart of Seattle, a George W. Bush appointee.

In his hearing on the executive order, Robart noted that no attacks had been carried out on U.S. soil by individuals from the seven countries included in Trump’s travel ban since the terrorist attacks of 2001. For Trump’s order to be constitutional, Robart said, it had to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”

It has been amply demonstrated that Trump is a person who hates to be contradicted by anyone. In the first two weeks of his administration, he has been confronted by two people from Georgia who embarrassed him in public.

You have to think that he will wreak some kind of vengeance on the state. What will it be?

© 2017 by The Georgia Report


Tags: Donald Trump , John Lewis , Sally Yates

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