The internet has a new hero
Sally Yates, a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a woman who served in the Justice Department for more than 27 years, working under both Republican and Democratic administrations, apparently doesn’t understand the basics of law. So, on Monday, while testifying in front of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, several men attempted to explain it to her.
During Yates’ testimony, John Neely Kennedy, a Republican junior senator from Louisiana, questioned Yates about her handling of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, interrupting Yates to say, “I don’t mean any disrespect, but who appointed you to the United States Supreme Court?” However, much to his chagrin, Yates is no shrinking violet.
Sally Yates sets Senator Kennedy straight: Justice dept role 2 apply expertise determination of EO constitutionalit… https://t.co/bD8q9y6PZl— LM - 🌊 (@LM - 🌊)1494281798.0
And Yates’ epic retorts didn’t stop there. Senator Ted Cruz further questioned her understanding of the Constitution in regard to the travel ban.
Preach, #SallyYates. Preach. https://t.co/ND5jvY5DgS— deray (@deray)1494276465.0
Oh, and when Senator John Cornyn attempted to dress down Yates for standing up to Trump’s unlawful executive action, Yates simply had this to say:
.@JohnCornyn attacks Yates' credentials as a public servant for failing to defend Trump's Muslim ban. Yates CLEAN… https://t.co/NozNa9SLSK— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky)1494273442.0
Following Yates’ calm, cool, and collected responses, the internet erupted with praise, some even asking Yates to run in 2020. Check out the social media reactions below.
Sally Yates is the kind of woman America needs to lead us.— George Takei (@George Takei)1494281701.0
Wonder Woman is in theaters June 2nd. But if you want a sneak preview, watch Sally Yates' performance in front of the Senate.— Stephen Colbert (@Stephen Colbert)1494287447.0
Ooooooooo Sally Yates is destroying Ted Cruz. You messed with the wrong former Acting AG, Teddy boy. #SallyYates https://t.co/Wzdyw20dWx— Mike Gibbs 🏳️🌈 (@Mike Gibbs 🏳️🌈)1494274107.0
Can I vote #SallyYates for something, anything?— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1494278940.0
In my darkest hours I will think of Sally Yates destroying Ted Cruz on national television, and it will sustain me.— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1494274384.0
I'm enjoying watching a poised, professional woman rhetorically eviscerate paltry attempts (by grumpy old men) to outsmart her. #SallyYates— Chris Gazzara (@Chris Gazzara)1494275900.0