‘Massacre’: Nets Decry ‘High-Stakes Drama’ of Trump Firing Obama AG

Kyle Drennen | January 31, 2017
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On Tuesday, all three network morning shows hyperventilated over President Trump lawfully firing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama political appointee, after she refused to do her job and enforce his executive order on immigration. Co-host Matt Lauer began NBC’s Today by proclaiming: “You're fired! President Trump gives the acting attorney general the boot for refusing to defend his controversial immigration order.”

Lauer went on to tout “The Senate Minority Leader [Chuck Schumer] taking to the floor to implore Trump to repeal that ban.” In the report that followed, correspondent Peter Alexander declared: “...this was quite the drama overnight....It’s a move that legal experts say the President had the right to make, but one that critics, for maximum effect, are trying to draw comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre, where President Nixon used his power to punish political opponents.”