After the White House announced Monday night that acting Attorney General Sally Yates had been relieved of her duties for refusing to enforce an executive order that, in her expert legal opinion, was not “wise or just,” Fox News commentator Howard Kurtz began counting the seconds before pundits started making comparisons to Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.”
Counting seconds till critics compare Trump firing Acting AG to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. But Sally Yates worked for Obama
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 31, 2017
Even counting the seconds, Kurtz was already too late, as “massacre” was already on its way to becoming the buzzword of the night.
Saw the firings, commented to wife: "Who will be the first to jump the shark and call it Monday Night Massacre?" Glad MSM didn't disappoint.
— James Heilman (@jkheilman) January 31, 2017
The password is: massacre. pic.twitter.com/H0BMq6WXI8
— BT (@back_ttys) January 31, 2017
One person fired and CNN has the Monday Night Massacre chyron going. It's going to be a long 4 years for them! #DrainTheSwamp
— Lynne Smith (@LynneSmithGA) January 31, 2017
#CNN goes with "Monday Night Massacre" to describe firing of Sally Yates (after Canada just had a mass shooting) What a bunch of losers!
— David Redmond 🇺🇸 (@davidpredmond) January 31, 2017
Seriously, CNN has a Breaking News Banner that says:
Monday Night Massacre: Trump Fires Acting AG
They are having a psychotic meltdown! pic.twitter.com/1tsVfIBgvR
— PennsylvaniaRed (@PennsylvaniaRed) January 31, 2017
— JCoulter (@jcoulterbrown) January 31, 2017
More lib hair ablaze: @cnnbrk calls Trump firing acting AG a "massacre." It's one person, not gunning down an entire shopping mall.
— T.C. Cameron (@ByTCCameron) January 31, 2017
Schumer now on floor blasting Yates firing as "the Monday Night Massacre"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 31, 2017
Is he crying?
Rachel Maddow suddenly called me at home 30 mins ago to talk to her on live TV about the breaking news of Trump's Monday Night Massacre.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 31, 2017
We have been here before: Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre at Justice Dept. Nixon resigned the next year. @TheLastWord 10pm
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 31, 2017
Kind of amazing that Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" occurred in the sixth year of his presidency. Trump's takes place in his tenth DAY.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 31, 2017
This kind of assault on DOJ's independence has not happened since the Saturday night massacre. The president thinks he is above the law. https://t.co/6TkG3KBYul
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 31, 2017
Monday Night Massacre:
Trump fires Sally Yates, Acting AG who refused to defend his indefensible #MuslimBan. History will remember her well.
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) January 31, 2017
The Monday Night Massacre: We are on Day 11 of Trump's presidency, and the top Justice official (Obama appointee) was fired.
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) January 31, 2017
Monday Night Massacre
Department of Justice supposed to be independent.
USA supposed to be a democracy. #Resist
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) January 31, 2017
By all means, resist … calling Yates’ firing a massacre.
It’s a “massacre.” Of one person.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 31, 2017
@charlescwcooke One temporary person who was on the way out.
— Frank Styles (@DJFRANKSTYLES) January 31, 2017
@charlescwcooke Quebec was a massacre, this is personnel management.
— Downtown Indy (@SSJIndy) January 31, 2017
@charlescwcooke The Saturday Night Massacre analogies are as wrong as they are unhinged.
— Robert Venosa (@robert_venosa) January 31, 2017
@charlescwcooke Sigh…everything is Watergate or Nazi Germany. Don't you know those are the only two historical references allowed?
— Gipper88 (@TheGipper88) January 31, 2017
Media, never one to exaggerate, refers to the firing of ONE Obama-hired DOJ official as the "Monday night massacre"… #SMDH
— Corinne Clark (@corinnec) January 31, 2017
Firing Yates isn't Saturday Night Massacre 2.0. Stop saying it is. You just look dumb.
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) January 31, 2017
I don't consider removal of holdovers a "massacre." Bill Clinton canned 93 out of 94 U.S. Attorneys. A transition, not a massacre. https://t.co/N4we7ZJEGt
— Andy Grewal (@AndyGrewal) January 31, 2017
FYI, Yates is not comparable to a "Saturday Night Massacre." She walked the plank.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) January 31, 2017
Stop comparing this to the Monday Night Massacre. Yates went out on a limb on her own and said she couldn't enforce a legal order
— Alicia Smith (@Alicia_Smith19) January 31, 2017
It's not a "Monday Night Massacre", it's a Monday Night Voluntary Martyrdom. Enough with the fearmongering, media.
— Chris Antenucci (@chrisantenucci) January 31, 2017
I'm fairly certain the Monday Night Massacre is happening in Syria right now, not the DOJ.
— Albert 'Jum' Juma (@AlJimJuma) January 31, 2017
We really need to calm down with likening this to the Saturday Night Massacre, it's getting ridiculous.
— Ben Florance (@benflorance) January 31, 2017
No? What if it were two people fired?
In addition to acting Attorney General, President Trump has fired the acting ICE director tonight https://t.co/lAn1z5Blkt
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 31, 2017