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Sally Yates's Mistake

Resignation is better than insubordination.
You can’t fire me; I quit.

You can’t fire me; I quit.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries is un-American, dangerous and probably illegal, and the public response has been heartening: marches at airports, lawsuits, judicial stays, even some Republican criticism. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, however, went a step too far.

Yates told Justice Department staff members on Monday not to defend the order in court. Hours later, she was fired.