If there is one thing that the disastrous Donald Trump presidency has shown us (besides what a bigot he is) it is the fact that Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in our nation. And this was once again proven this week when Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired for doing exactly what Jeff Sessions (Trump's nominee for Attorney General) told her to do when Obama was president.
In 2015, Yates went before the Senate for her confirmation hearing and Sessions asked her if she was going to stand up to the president:
Sessions: You have to watch out, because people will be asking you to do things that you just need to say no about. Do you think the attorney general has a responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that’s improper? A lot of people defended the [Loretta] Lynch nomination by saying well, [then-President Obama] appoints somebody who’s going to execute his views. What’s wrong with that? But if the views that the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say no?
Yates: Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president.
Sessions wanted Yates to be clear that it was her job to defend the Constitution, not a tyrannical president, and on Monday that is exactly what she did. Yates issued a statement and told the Justice Department that they were not to waste time defending Trump's refugee ban. Her decision to not defend the executive order came after federal courts blocked it and called into question its constitutionality.
When Yates refused to bow down to Trump, he became enraged. The White House issued a statement claiming Yates had "betrayed" them and dismissed her from her position. Shortly after she was fired, Republicans leapt to the new president's defense. Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of the most racist Republicans in Congress, called the former AG a "political hack." Sarah Palin praised Trump for his actions and proclaimed he was "draining the swamp." But none of them gave Yates credit for standing up for the Constitution. Interesting, isn't it?
When Obama was president, the Republican party was in an eight years tizzy over everything that he did. They whined when he signed executive orders. They used the filibuster to block much of the legislation he wanted enacted and they declared, for his entire tenure, that he was a dictator. Now that their guy is in office they haven't said a damn thing about executive orders. Republican senators are losing their minds over the thought that Democrats might filibuster their SCOTUS nominee, despite that fact that the GOP crippled the court for a year. And instead of calling Trump a tyrannical dictator, they have complimented him on his actions so far.
The reason for all of this is simple: The right does not believe the government should function unless they are in charge. When they are running the country, they expect Democrats to just fall in line and support their noxious policies. If liberals don't do as they are told, they are labeled unpatriotic and dismissed (both figuratively and in Yates' case, literally). There is no bigger hypocrite than a Republican and with each day that passes this becomes more apparent.