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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that President Trump had no choice but to fire the acting attorney general after she refused to enforce his executive order on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Tuesday that President Trump had no choice but to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to enforce his executive order on immigration.

“Politically, she showed herself to be a political hack, and hacks have to be jacked, and she’s been jacked and she’s gone.”

Trump’s late-night firing had Democrats calling it a “Monday night massacre.” But Republicans criticized Yates for deciding up front that Trump’s order blocking immigration from seven countries known for being terrorist havens was meant to specifically limit Muslim immigrants.

Yates said only that she was “convinced” that Trump’s order was illegal. Trump fired her immediately, and Gohmert said Trump has to have that option if he’s going to enact policies that voters demanded in November.

“He’s got to be able to say those two words that viewers love to hear, ‘you’re fired,'” he said.

“And that’s the only way we’re gonna get things cleaned up and get political hacks out, and get people that care more about the Constitution than their political circles.”

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