Sally Q. Yates was uncompromising, candid and impressively knowledgeable during her congressional testimony on Monday. Those are presumably the qualities that led to Yates being appointed to the US Attorney’s office during the administration of George H.W. Bush — and then pushed up the ladder by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama before being relieved of duty by the Trump administration after she refused to comply with his so-called “Muslim ban” order. (Yates was by then Deputy Attorney General.) During her testimony Yates exasperated Senator Ted Cruz and others who seemingly didn’t want their competing narratives to yield to facts. With her testimony Yates won fans among Americans both liberal and conservative — not surprising given Yates’ service under presidents of both persuasions.
Billionaire Mark Cuban was among those who shouted out about Yates’ grace under pressure (see below). Other well-known people also commended Yates, with popular liberal commentators like Sam Stein, Brian Fallon and author Molly Knight relishing Yates’ testimony. But perhaps the best line came from author Liana Maebe, who wrote: “Sally Yates handles condescending men so well you’d almost think she’d been doing it her whole life.”
Sally Yates handles condescending men so well you’d almost think she’d been doing it her whole life.
— Liana Maeby (@lianamaeby) May 8, 2017
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— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 8, 2017