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 YatesSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Trump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories MORE warned Thursday that the "moral fiber" of America is in danger from the "unapologetic racism" President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 OmarTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bullsh-t purity test' The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown Tlaib's grandmother to Trump: 'May God ruin' you MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Ocasio-Cortez brushes off Trump tweet claiming she is 'fuming' over Tlaib, Omar attention Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' 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.”