Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism'

Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism'
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Former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesGraham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation Sally Yates blasts Trump for using DOJ as 'personal grudge squad' Biden: 'I sure would like Michelle to be the vice president' MORE warned Thursday that the "moral fiber" of America is in danger from the "unapologetic racism" President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE has unleashed in his attacks on four minority congresswomen.

In a pair of tweets, the former Justice Department official quoted Edmund Burke and warned that those who did not stand up to Trump over his slams on the four lawmakers would bear responsibility for enabling them.

“'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.' Edmund Burke. Standing idly by as the moral fiber of our country is shredded by unapologetic racism may seem politically expedient to some, but it is ruinous for our nation," she tweeted.

Yates, who served in the Obama administration and briefly under Trump, was fired by the president for refusing to defend in court his ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries.

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The House voted on mostly party lines Tuesday to condemn as racist the president's tweets aimed at Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Company to provide free clothing to any female candidate The Democratic demolition derby MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Will Bernie have to turn on his bros? Rashida Tlaib detained by police during protest against low wages at Detroit airport MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Pressley slams trolls over alopecia comments Pramila Jayapal endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger MORE (Mass.).

Trump defended his tweets at a rally Wednesday night even as the crowd dissolved into chants of "send her back!" aimed at Omar.

“The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for,” Trump said Wednesday night. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil.”