‘I’m with Her’: America – and Twitter – Fell in Love with Sally Yates During Senate Hearing
When America Met Sally
America fell in love with Sally Yates during the Senate hearing held on Monday.
She was cool. Level-headed. Sally Yates refused to be intimidated. And, with her mild Southern draw and unflappable persona, she took down senator after senator who tried to bully her – and she did it with even-tempered logic and reason. She wasn’t there to play politics. She was there to clarify why she went to the White House Counsel, and with what concerns she presented them.
That was all. And it was enough.
Statement of the year:
"To state the obvious, you don't want your national security advisor compromised with the Russians."
— ALT? Immigration (@ALT_uscis) May 8, 2017
And during a time when American leadership seems alternately juvenile and dangerous, Yates reminded us that there are still people who put country before party. In fact, there are already calls for her to run for office.
Sally Yates is the kind of woman America needs to lead us.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 8, 2017
Plenty of folks took notice…and you know it sent Trump into a rage.
— Hardball (@hardball) May 8, 2017
Sally Yates was a force to be reckoned with – and there were plenty who tried, to no avail.
I'm enjoying watching a poised, professional woman rhetorically eviscerate paltry attempts (by grumpy old men) to outsmart her. #SallyYates
— Chris Gazzara (@ChrisGazzara) May 8, 2017
Senators desperately tried to smear her. Republicans tried to make it seem as though her motivations were politically driven, although she has been hired and promoted by both Republicans and Democrats. But she remained unfazed – because that’s what happens when a person has principles guided by morals rather than politics, and sticks by them.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 8, 2017
And then there was this exchange, between Sally Yates and Senator Ted Cruz, that I could seriously watch on repeat, forever. There is no way he is going to be able to recover from this, because he has nothing to stand upon. Cruz, who has long since touted himself as some sort of legal eagle and constitutional genius, got completely schooled in both law and constitution.
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 9, 2017
Sally Yates Reminds Us What We Could Be
Sally Yates has stepped into a void that has yet to be filled. She exemplifies patriotism. With her measured, reasoned responses, she made the condescending men who tried to bring her down look exactly like what they are – condescending men desperate to bring her down. In t heir headlong attempts to make her look bad, they ended up looking unfit and unreasonable.
— Navah Wolfe (@navahw) May 8, 2017
In the wake of Hillary Clinton, Sally Yates once again reminds America that yes, there is absolutely a need for women to march. Watching the way men attempted to speak down to a strong, educated, capable woman is plenty of reason, after all. But, at the same time, there is no shortage of these strong, capable, fierce women.
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— Laura (@SheWhoVotes) May 8, 2017
We just need to actually elect them.
— linnie ell (@lbcsftypin) May 9, 2017
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